space weather might seem tricky at first,
in space are very different from our everyday
experience. Space can be a pretty wild place.
In fact, when you think about the environment
in space, our little blue planet seems downright
comfy by comparison.
Our space environment contains
a mysterious form of matter called a plasma.(This
is different from the kind of plasma in
blood.) Plasma has some neat properties.
For instance, it can glow brightly, and
it responds to electric and magnetic fields.
You might not realize it but you have some
experience with plasma already. In the
following sections, you'll see some examples
of plasma from everyday life and learn
more about this important ingredient of
Drop each object
into a 'states of matter' bin.
Can you knock down
the pins with this proton bowling
ball? Use the wires to create magnetic
fields that keep the ball in its