A solar storm during the Vietnam War was powerful enough to set off sea mines

A report in the journal Space Weather might have solved a Vietnam War mystery—and shed light on just how much solar activity can interfere with technology on Earth.

Every now and then, solar flares (powerful explosions of magnetic energy on the surface of the Sun) and coronal mass ejections (plasma clouds released from the Sun) can cause solar storms. The electromagnetic radiation they emit can interfere with communications systems. New research explored the consequences of one particular...

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