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Saturday, January 10, 2015
Magnetic Storm on Comet Lovejoy?
Source - Space Weather News for Jan. 9, 2014:http://spaceweather.com MAGNETIC
STORM ON A COMET? Everyone knows about geomagnetic storms on Earth.
But did you know that comets can have them, too? Right now, a type of
magnetic storm may be in progress in the tail of bright Comet Lovejoy
(C/2014 Q2), causing "plasma blobs" and "disconnection events" visible
in amateur telescopes. Visithttp://spaceweather.comfor images and more information.
STORM ALERTS: A strong geomagnetic storm on Jan. 7th took forecasters
by surprise. Subscribers to our Space Weather Alert Service were
notified while the storm was in progress.