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Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre – third anniversary

Mark Gibbs – Head of space weather It was nearly seven years ago, when my boss said “Mark we’ve got a little project for you called space weather “. Little did I know at that time what an adventure it … Continue reading

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US total solar eclipse – the most photographed event of all time?

Today, the path of a total solar eclipse will move across continental USA, an event predicted to be the most photographed of all time. The eclipse occurs as the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, casting a 70-mile … Continue reading

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Impacts of extreme space weather on the UK

by Mark Gibbs, Met Office Head of Space Weather A recently published paper assessing the impact of an extreme space weather event on the US power grid suggests the total cost of an electricity blackout, both direct and indirect, could … Continue reading

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Will you see the aurora borealis in the UK?

There is a chance you could see the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) tonight in the UK, particularly in the northern half of the country. However, there will be  widespread fog tonight (Monday 2 November), which could be dense in places and … Continue reading

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The chances of seeing the aurora borealis in the UK increases

Over the next few weeks the likelihood of seeing the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) here on Earth is on the increase as two space weather phenomena coincide. What are these phenomena? Firstly, the Sun goes through an 11 year solar cycle, … Continue reading

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