Damaging Currents in Space Affect Earth’s Equatorial Region (The Conversation)



“We’ve known for a while that space weather in high-latitude regions near the poles can cause power grid failures, sometimes causing heavy damage,” write Dartmouth’s Alexa Halford and colleague Brett Carter from Boston College in an opinion piece for the website The Conversation.

“But we haven’t thought of equatorial regions as being prime targets. Our new research shows that areas closer to the equator still experience bad space weather—and its disturbing effects on power grid infrastructure.”

Halford is a postdoc in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Read the full opinion piece, published 8/17/15 by The Conversation.

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