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Artist's impression of a solar storm making its way towards Earth. Credit: NASA/Steele Hill

History

Solar Storm Nearly Sparked War in 1967

A solar storm jammed U.S. radars, which the Air Force took as a sign of an incoming attack.

Published On 08/11/2016
1:41 PM EDT
The large flare erupted from the bright region at top center of the sun, shown here in this May 23, 1967 image. | Credit: National Solar Observatory historical archive
The northern lights above Bear Lake, Alaska. In 1967, the huge solar storm produced auroras as far south as New Mexico. | Credit: U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman Joshua Strang