Solar storm almost sparked nuclear war in 1967

A solar storm of historic proportions in May 1967 interfered with American radar installations and raised tensions, leading to aircraft being prepared for launch, according to the American Geophysical Union.

The solar storm was so powerful it disturbed Ballistic Missile Early Warning System sites in Alaska, Greenland, and the U.K. on May 23, 1967. 

This was seen as the system being jammed.

Space weather experts at the Air Force’s Air Weather Service and NORAD figured out what was going on.

Officials got the correct information to the right people in time, averting a possible disaster.

Picture: Aerial view of three radar stations at the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System in Anderson, Alaska, in the 1960s.

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