NASA chief warns of solar tornado season as storms dance across the sun

National Post | News

The weather in space could have a real adverse effect on the Earth, and since it’s tornado season on the sun, we should be on the lookout.

That’s what NASA chief Charles Bolden said late last week when addressing members of the Space Weather industry forum.

“This conference shines a spotlight on another naturally occurring phenomenon that can be just as punishing as a tornado — space weather,” Space.com reported him saying.

Solar weather can get so bad that it can take out satellites, cause black-outs and even — in the event of a powerful solar storm directed at the Earth — expose humans to harmful radiation, much like getting days worth of sunbathing all at once.

Bolden’s warning comes as a series of solar filaments race across the sun, filaments that have been explained by some as “solar tornadoes.”

Magnetic tornadoes on the sun’s surface are a very strange phenomonon. They actually…

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