1. What is space weather?

    • Answer

      Space weather is the environmental conditions outside our planet's atmosphere.

  2. Space weather is largely a result of the solar wind. How fast does the solar wind travel?

    • Answer

      The solar wind speeds through space at up to a million miles an hour.

  3. How often does the solar wind blow toward Earth?

    • Answer

      Earth's magnetosphere is constantly bombarded by the solar wind.

  4. What are some of the impacts of space weather on Earth?

    • Answer

      Power outages, disruption of spacecraft, and radiation that can harm astronauts are some of the effects of space weather.

astronaut
Noun

person who takes part in space flights.

Noun

layers of gases surrounding a planet or other celestial body.

magnetosphere
Noun

teardrop-shaped area, with the flat area facing the sun, around the Earth controlled by the Earth's magnetic field.

power outage
Noun

loss of electricity.

radiation
Noun

energy, emitted as waves or particles, radiating outward from a source.

solar wind
Noun

flow of charged particles, mainly protons and electrons, from the sun to the edge of the solar system.

spacecraft
Noun

vehicle designed for travel outside Earth's atmosphere.

space weather
Noun

changes in the environment outside the Earth's atmosphere, usually influenced by the sun.