High Anxiety: Sudden solar flare highlights space risks

By Sid Perkins, 15:52 PM April 15, 2008

Measurements of energetic particles from an unusually strong solar flare that pummeled Earth early this year suggest that astronauts traveling or working in space might sometimes need to reach shelter within minutes of a warning.

The Jan. 20 episode was the last and most powerful event in a 6-day series of flares (SN: 2/12/05, p. 109: Available to subscribers at Proton storm erupts from the sun). Although the energy emitted by the final flare came nowhere near to setting a record, the cascade...

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