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Space Weather Mysteries & Unanswered Questions
Space weather is a new science. It hasn't been studied for thousands of years. So space weather has many questions that still need to be answered. And it has a lot of unsolved mysteries which is exciting!
If you study space weather when you grow up, maybe you'll be able to answer some of these questions:
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