In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Russian experts warn of the threat posed by space weather. Northrop Grumman advances commercial satellite life extension initiative. Space Force list names female general officer.
Scientists are worried about solar storms frying all our electronics
Futurism (8/17): A Moscow based research team at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology is urging more vigilance in monitoring solar eruptions that can send waves of high energy into the Earth’s magnetic field, threatening the planet’s electronic infrastructure. Improved forecasting could help to prepare for such an event if not prevent it, they write in a recent Astrophysical Journal article.
Update — A CME is coming
Spaceweather.com (8/17): A solar flare erupted in “slow motion” on Sunday from a sun spot free region of the sun’s southern hemisphere. Quite powerful, the resulting Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is forecast to give the Earth’s magnetic field a glancing blow on Thursday.
Arecibo damage to take months to repair
SpaceNews.com (8/18): An August 10 support cable release at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico led to extensive damage to the primary dish antenna. Repairs to the installation, which is supported primarily by the National Science Foundation, are expected to ...