How A Large Solar Flare Could Disrupt The Digital Age

July 25, 2019
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It was 1859. And the largest solar flare ever seen lit up the Northern Lights so bright that campers in Colorado said they could read the newspaper at midnight.  Now, new research shows we could face a much bigger flare in the future, and it's a cause for concern in the digital age.  Doug Duncan is an astronomer at CU-Boulder. He joins us regularly to talk about space science.