NASA Measures Impact of Huge Solar Flare on Earth's Atmosphere

TIMED satellite, artist's conceptA key NASA instrument that can directly measure the impact of solar events on Earth’s upper atmosphere has “weighed in” on the huge flare that impacted Earth recently.

The flare was considered one of the largest solar events in years, even though its impact on the power grid and communications was minimal due to the angle it hit Earth.

To read more and watch a video about this huge solar flare, visit feature story acts as an excellent extension to the NASA Explorer Schools featured lesson Geometry: Space Math Problems — Solar Storms. In this lesson, students use geometry and measurement to track solar activity.

This lesson can be found in the lesson library on the NES Virtual Campus.

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