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Sun-Earth Day 2010: Magnetic Storms.

Sun-Earth Day 2010: Magnetic Storms

IMAGE GALLERY

Illustration of a CME particle cloud blasted from the sun impacting Earth and creating aurora (in actual photo of aurora as taken by an astronaut on the space station).

Illustration of a CME particle cloud blasted from the sun impacting Earth and creating aurora (in actual photo of aurora as taken by an astronaut on the space station). Courtesy of SOHO. Original image can be found at http://soho.nascom.nasa.gov/gallery/images/aurora01.html

NASA Fact

Some sunspots are cool enough that water vapor can form at a temperature of 1,550 °C.