Solar storm

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A solar storm is a disturbance on the Sun, which can emanate outward across the heliosphere, affecting the entire Solar System, including Earth and its magnetosphere, and is the cause of space weather in the short-term with long-term patterns comprising space climate.

Types[edit]

Solar storms include:

See also[edit]

  • List of solar storms
  • Aurora, the luminous phenomenon by ionization and excitation of constituents of the upper atmosphere by solar particles
  • Coronal hole, another area where solar disturbances arise
  • Heliophysics, the scientific study of the Sun and region of space affected by the Sun
  • Magnetic cloud, a transient disturbance in the solar wind
  • Solar cycle, an 11-year cycle of sunspot activity
  • Solar prominence, and solar filament, a large loop-shaped eruption of the sun that can also lead to CMEs (often in concert with a flare)
  • Solar wind, the stream of particles and plasma emanating from the Sun
  • Sunspot, where most solar flares and coronal mass ejections originate (technically, a region of sunspots)