A devastating solar storm which could wipe out communications on Earth and fry power grids is a matter of ‘when, not if’ the head of the Met Office’s Space Weather Monitoring centre has warned. Extreme space weather has already caused widespread disruption, with a geomagnetic storm leaving six million
In order to turn nuclear fission into electrical energy, nuclear power plant operators have to control the energy given off by the enriched uranium and allow it to heat water into steam. Enriched uranium typically is formed into inch-long (2.5-centimeter-long) pellets, each with approximately the same diameter as a dime. Next, the pellets are arranged into long rods, and the rods are collected together into bundles. The bundles are submerged in water inside a pressure vessel.