Space weather can affect satellites in a number of different ways, from frying electronics to increasing drag in the atmosphere.
A curious kid asks: Why are the northern lights only spotted at areas around the poles?
The CUAVA-1 cubesat will monitor space weather and changes to Earth’s ionosphere that affect satellites and electronics.
It has only been in the past century that weather prediction on Earth has advanced enough to work two weeks in advance. Predicting space weather, however, is only reliable an hour in advance.
Satellites, space stations and astronauts, aviation, GPS, power grids and more can be affected.
We observed a powerful flare and a huge burst of radio waves from our nearest stellar neighbour, Proxima Centauri, indicating violent space weather around the star.
Has the Sun entered a stage of old age?
The sun’s phenomena, like flares, can cause solar particles to enter the Earth’s atmosphere, with material effects.
Scientists spend years preparing for the two-minute window of a total solar eclipse.
The Lagrange mission could greatly improve forecasts of space weather.
When dozens of US mines planted in waters off the Vietnam coast detonated almost simultaneously in 1972, all eyes turned to the Sun for an explanation.
The Earth’s magnetic field lines whistle after solar outbursts.
The wired Earth of the 21st century is at the mercy of the volatile nature of the sun.
No matter how cold it is, you’re lucky you don’t live on Venus.
At a time in the sun’s cycle when space weather experts expect less solar activity, our star is going bonkers with solar flares and coronal mass ejections. What effects will Earth feel?
Space weather can impact life on Earth.
The Parker probe will go closer to the sun than any other spacecraft has dared go before – literally touching it.
Scientists still don’t know what caused the mysterious phenomenon ‘Steve’.
A geomagnetic reversal may have a severe impact on humans.
Ruby and sapphire clouds may be hovering over exoplanet HAT-P-7b.