on 30 January 2022, although no one knew how bad it was going to be

a giant cloud of magnetised gas, called a coronal mass ejection, hurled in our direction from the sun.

solar storms can heat Earth’s atmosphere, causing it to expand and drag on low-flying satellites

Controllers watched as 40 of the satellites were dragged down, burning up in the atmosphere in a demonstration of the sun’s capricious power.

Soon after the Starlink satellites launched from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center,

When they reached Earth’s upper atmosphere, the satellites experienced much more drag than expected for the storm’s magnitude.

we are also exposed to a constant barrage of solar wind, charged particles coming from our star.

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