Researchers at UCL have studied the behaviour of the Sun's coronal mass ejections, explaining for the first time the details of how these huge eruptions behave as they fall back onto the Sun’s surface. In the process, they have discovered that coronal mass ejections have a surprising twin in the depths of space: the tendrils of gas in the Crab Nebula, which lie 6500 light-years away and are millions of times larger.
The new Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope in Australia could save the world billions as an accurate early-warning system that forecasts damaging solar systems.
With a solar storm washing over the Earth this weekend, it's welcome timing for a new solar radiation warning system that gives more warning than ever before.
Researchers have developed a new method of predicting solar storms that they say could help to avoid power and communications blackouts.