Tools on the ground are helping scientists learn more about the threat solar eruptions on the sun pose to life as we know it on Earth.
  
  Image: SDO 304 Angstrom image of prominence eruption on the sun at the same time as the X1.7-class solar flare on May 13, 2013 (cropped). Credit: SDO/AIA
  
  Experts with the British Geological Survey (BGS) have started collecting data from three research sites in the U.K. to determine the effects of massive solar storms on the Earth’s electric power grids.
  
  Although coronal mass ejections — giant sun eruptions of super-hot plasma that hurl charged particles across the solar system — are notoriously difficult to predict, scientists are trying to understand the best way to protect the power grid from an overload caused by extreme solar weather.


Scientists Work to Protect Earth’s Power Grids from Extreme Solar Storms

Tools on the ground are helping scientists learn more about the threat solar eruptions on the sun pose to life as we know it on Earth.

Image: SDO 304 Angstrom image of prominence eruption on the sun at the same time as the X1.7-class solar flare on May 13, 2013 (cropped). Credit: SDO/AIA

Experts with the British Geological Survey (BGS) have started collecting data from three research sites in the U.K. to determine the effects of massive solar storms on the Earth’s electric power grids.

Although coronal mass ejections — giant sun eruptions of super-hot plasma that hurl charged particles across the solar system — are notoriously difficult to predict, scientists are trying to understand the best way to protect the power grid from an overload caused by extreme solar weather.

Scientists Work to Protect Earth’s Power Grids from Extreme Solar Storms