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Sun-Earth Day 2010: Magnetic Storms.

Sun-Earth Day 2010: Magnetic Storms

IMAGE GALLERY

Magnetic forces play a key role in solar storms that can impact Earth's magnetic shield (magnetosphere) and create colorful aurora.

Magnetic forces play a key role in solar storms that can impact Earth's magnetic shield (magnetosphere) and create colorful aurora. Courtesy of SOHO. Original image can be found at http://soho.nascom.nasa.gov/gallery/images/magnetic_clean.html

NASA Fact

During intense solar flares, astronauts see bright flashing streaks of light as a result of high-energy particles zipping through their eyeballs.