But this hue is not due to air: it’s actually silicate. As a result, when it rains over there, it rains molten glass.
“Obviously, the sun is Earth’s life blood. (…) To mitigate possible public safety issues, it is vital that we better understand extreme space weather events caused by the sun’s activity.” – Richard Fisher, NASA, Heliophysics Division
“There is a constant stream of high-energy galactic and solar radiation interacting with the Earth’s upper atmosphere. This interaction creates a cascade of secondary particles. Some of the secondary particles, in particular neutrons, can affect aircraft avionic systems.
” – ATSB Interim report on QF72
When the Weather Strikes
An accurate monitoring of space weather and cosmic rays can help reduce severe impact on critical infrastructures. Moreover, extreme weather conditions, either storms on Titan or crystal rains on far-away planets, can shed light on the origin and the characteristics of our solar system and, why not, give some hints about where our own climate on Earth is heading. Some scientists talk now about the next big extinction awaiting us and a better comprehension of these phenomena is needed for facing the challenge.