There have been a number of stories in the news about the recent coronal mass ejections from the sun. (CMEs are bursts of super hot plasma – charged particles – speeding away from the sun at incredible rates of speed). You can take a look at the websites of Popular Science , the Los Angeles Times, and NASA for more information on solar flares and CMEs.
If you would like more information about how solar flares can affect life on this planet, the Buena Park Library has the book by Jeff Kanipe “The Cosmic Connection: how astronomical events impact life on Earth“.
We also have some new acquisitions on astronomical topics:
The Cambridge guide to the solar system by Kenneth R. Lang
Celestial delights: the best astronomical events through 2020 by Francis Reddy
Reports of the effects of the solar flare washing over the earth this morning have noted minimal effects; however, this might be a candidate for the list of ever popular excuses … “Why didn’t you finish your homework?” “Sorry, coronal mass ejection”. Now, where is that aluminum foil?