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The Earth's magentic field serves a shield against solar radiation. However in particularly intense solar storms it can be penetrated, which could destroy satellites in space and electronics on the "sunny side" of Earth at the time of the storm.  (Source: NASA)

The Solar Dynamics Observatory launches in Florida.  (Source: NASA)

The SDO will allow researchers to detect a "space Katrina" event and prepare the Earth for its impact.  (Source: NASA)
New satellite could detect brewing trouble, allow disaster organizations to make plans

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By funkyd99 on 3/2/2010 12:11:00 PM , Rating: 2
...we have a lot more to worry about than a little solar flare!

By rudolphna on 3/2/2010 1:18:15 PM , Rating: 2
Hah. Internet, GPS, critical military communications, Air traffic control, navigational systems for aircraft... Satellites do a lot more than provide TV.

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