|Solar Storm Sheared Earth's Atmosphere at the Arctic on Sept 24, 1998|
|Creating an ionospheric fountain of outflowing oxygen and hydrogen ions. A "polar plasma fountain" and a massive aurora borealis display.|
|Aurora as seen
by Polar UVI Instrument - After The Ultraviolet Imager on NASA's Polar
spacecraft captured this view of the aurora as seen from space on September
24-25, 1998. Auroras are typically seen from the ground only at night, but they
in fact spread around the day and night side of Earth's north and south poles.
Viewing the auroral oval in ultraviolet light allowed researchers to confirm
intense activity on the day side of Earth, where the plasma from the ionosphere
was squeezed out into space.
CREDIT: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Jan. 7, 1999: Just three months after a solar storm blew away part of the Earth's upper atmosphere, a team of U.S. scientists plans a CAPER to probe a fountain of ions that is always blowing into space
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