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Storms from the Sun

These storms are disruptions in the magnetic field that surrounds Earth. They're usually caused when some of the sun's material is flung into space, connecting with the magnetosphere.

Geomagnetic storms can create beautiful auroras in the sky and some nasty electrical problems on Earth. Find out how the sun, approximately 92 million miles away, causes these disturbances.

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