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Press Release 10-154
Shrinking Atmospheric Layer Linked to Low Levels of Solar Radiation

Large changes in the sun's energy output may drive fluctuations in Earth's outer atmosphere

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Image of the Earth's atmosphere.

Large changes in the sun's energy output may drive fluctuations in Earth's outer atmosphere.

Results of a study link a recent, temporary shrinking of a high atmospheric layer with a sharp drop in the sun's ultraviolet radiation levels.

Credit: NASA


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