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Met Office opens solar storm centre

The UK Met Office has opened a new forecast centre dedicated to so-called "space weather".

The term describes the disruptive influence that storms at the surface of the Sun can have at Earth.

The worst of these events can disturb satellites, power grids and radio communications.

Science minister Greg Clark told our correspondent Jonathan Amos why a UK forecasting service was now needed.

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