When solar flares increase solar wind from the corona, what do they cause in the earth's atmosphere?

Answer When solar flares occur -- bursts of solar energy emerging as wind -- the earth's magnetic field is affected by the solar wind. Particles in the wind interact with oxygen and nitrogen in the earth'... Read More »

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What is the speed of the solar wind?

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the speed of the solar wind varies according to its location. It is almost 500 miles per second (mps) over dark areas in the corona ... Read More »

What protects the Earth from the solar wind?

Earth's magnetosphere protects the planet from solar winds. NASA states that the magnetosphere is a magnetic field that surrounds the planet, deflecting solar wind so it zips past without penetrati... Read More »

What generates more power: wind or solar panels?

On One Hand: Wind Generates More U.S. PowerOn a national level, wind generates seven times as much power as solar does. Large-scale wind farms provide seven percent of the nation's renewable energy... Read More »

What is the name of the spacecraft that was sent to study the solar wind?

NASA launched the Wind spacecraft specifically to study the solar wind on November 1, 1994. Other probes such as the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory and the Solar Dynamics Observatory, launched ... Read More »