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Better space weather forecasts could have saved SpaceX Starlink satellites from solar storm

Even small solar outbursts can have massive consequences for the environment around Earth, space weather experts learned after SpaceX lost 40 brand-new satellites in February after launching them into a “mild” geomagnetic storm. In a new study, a team of researchers explain how to correct space weather forecasts in the future, in order to prevent companies from sending their craft into such “dangerous waters”.

At the end of January this year, an eruption of hot magnetized plasma erupted from the Sun towards Earthprompting space weather forecasters at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) to issue a mild geomagnetic storm warning.

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