Likelihood of Space Super-storms Estimated From Longest Period of Magnetic Field Observations

Space weather effects. (Credit: ESA/Science Office)
  • Analysis led by University of Warwick shows ‘severe’ space super-storms occurred 42 years out of 150 and ‘great’ super-storms occurred in 6 years out of 150
  • Super-storms can disrupt electronics, aviation and satellite systems and communications
  • Provides insight into the scale of the largest super-storm in recorded history

COVENTRY, UK (University of Warwick PR) — A ‘great’ space weather super-storm large enough to cause significant disruption to our electronic and networked systems occurred on average once in every 25 years according to a new joint study by the University of Warwick and the British Antarctic Survey.