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Biggest Breach of Earth's Solar Storm Shield Discovered

December 16, 2008

solar storm shield Earth's magnetic field, which shields our planet from particles streaming outward from the sun, often develops two holes that allow the largest leaks, according to researchers sponsored by NASA and the National Science Foundation. Full Story

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

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