Dieter Bilitza honored by Norwegian Academy of Sciences

The Norwegian Academy of Sciences awarded Dieter Bilitza the International Kristian Birkeland medal for outstanding scientific results related to Space Weather and Space Climate.

The Birkeland medal is awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science in conjunction with the European Space Weather Week (ESSW). It will be presented at the ESSW meeting in Antwerp, Belgium.

‘Magnetic Ropes’ that Cause Solar Storms

Mason scientists discovered recently that a phenomenon called a giant magnetic rope is the cause of solar storms. .

The discovery was made by Mason computational and data sciences professor Jie Zhang and his graduate student Xin Cheng using images from the NASA Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) spacecraft.

Scientists Prove Existence of ‘Magnetic Ropes’ that Cause Solar Storms

FAIRFAX, Va., June 15, 2011—George Mason University scientists discovered recently that a phenomenon called a giant magnetic rope is the cause of solar storms. Confirming the existence of this formation is a key first step in helping to mitigate the adverse effects that solar storm eruptions can have on satellite communications on Earth.

The discovery was made by associate professor …

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