Space weather is any condition in outer space that impacts technology on Earth. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) seeks to better understand space weather, capturing images and video of the sun in action. Solar-caused features of space weather include solar wind, solar flares, and coronal mass ejections (CME). Global positioning systems, radio transmitters, and even power grids on Earth can be affected by space weather.
coronal mass ejection
huge burst of solar wind and other charged particles.
our planet, the third from the Sun. The Earth is the only place in the known universe that supports life.
Global Positioning System (GPS)
system of satellites and receiving devices used to determine the location of something on Earth.
(National Aeronautics and Space Administration) the U.S. space agency, whose mission statement is "To reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind."
space beyond Earth's atmosphere.
network of cables or other devices through which electricity is delivered to consumers. Also called an electrical grid.
device that sends out sound signals.
having to do with the sun.
Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)
NASA mission designed to understand the causes of solar variability and its impacts on Earth.
explosion in the sun's atmosphere, which releases a burst of energy and charged particles into the solar system.
flow of charged particles, mainly protons and electrons, from the sun to the edge of the solar system.
changes in the environment outside the Earth's atmosphere, usually influenced by the sun.
the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.