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Sun-Earth Day 2010: Magnetic Storms.

Sun-Earth Day 2010: Magnetic Storms


SDO YouTube video
SDO Mission video on YouTube
This short video (1:30) briefly describes the goal of the SDO mission and why it is important that we continue to observe the sun.
Space Weather Media Viewer
Sentinels of the Heliosphere
This visualization tours the regions of near-Earth orbit; the Earth's magnetosphere, sometimes called geospace; the region between the Earth and the Sun; and finally out beyond Pluto, where Voyager 1 and 2 are exploring the boundary between the Sun and the rest of our Milky Way galaxy.
STEREO video frame capture
Introduction to the STEREO Mission
When the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) launches in Summer 2006, scientists expect to gain a better understanding of solar storms and improve warning times for everyone from satellite operators to astronauts.
Blackout video capture
"Blackout: The Sun-Earth Connection" (Part 1 of 4)
"Blackout" takes you on a journey from the Sun to the Earth as eruptions known as solar storms travel to Earth and effect our lives in ways we still don't completely understand. 3-D animations bring to life the journey, through 150 million kilometers of space, of these outbursts of "space weather". Part 1: Our Active Sun
"Blackout: The Sun-Earth Connection" (Part 2 of 4)
Part 2: Solar Storms and Power Systems
"Blackout: The Sun-Earth Connection" (Part 3 of 4)
Part 3: The Solar Wind and the Earth
"Blackout: The Sun-Earth Connection" (Part 4 of 4)
Part 4: When Solar Plasma Distorts Earth's Magnetic Field


Over $2 billion in satellite technology was damaged or destroyed during the last sunspot cycle.