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  • Today our star spits at us. It's charged particles battering us as the biggest solar storm in 5 years engulfs our pale blue dot. It hit at 6 a.m. this morning, less potent than expected, but it still has time to shake our magnetosphere violently, wreaking havoc on power grids and satellites.

    Were it not for Earth's magnetic field, and the composition of our atmosphere, such an event would scour our biosphere from the planet. Like paint in a sandstorm. Space is violent and fickle. It's life that rails against these onslaughts. Stands firm in the face of universal entropy.

    Here in TO, it's raining.

    No Northern Lights for me tonight.

    Just relief.

    Image from http://www.wpclipart.com, a wonderful gallery of public domain images, great for use here.
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