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NASA Releases Solar Storm Footage

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Much like meteorologists work to track storms here on Earth, NASA is working to track storms on the sun.

NASA released video of a solar storm Thursday, recorded in Dec. 2008. The videos, recorded by spacecraft more than 65 million miles away from Earth, show the earth being engulfed by a solar storm.

Solar storms can cause radiation storms that can damage satellites and disrupt communications. In extreme cases, they can cause power grid problems on Earth.

The Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory program places one spacecraft behind Earth and one ahead of Earth. NASA said the STEREO program has allowed scientists to use new processing data to see how solar storms evolve and grow.

“The clarity these new images provide will improve the observational inputs into space weather models for better forecasting,” said Lika Guhathakurta, STEREO program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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