Space Weather Forecast
meteorologists who check temperatures,
winds, and pressure to predict the
weather on Earth, scientists monitor the
our space environment to forecast the
weather in space. Using spacecraft like
telescopes, and old-fashioned hand sketches
of the Sun, scientists search the surface
of the Sun for signs of flares and CMEs.
They monitor the solar wind as it blows
toward Earth to see if it is carrying
and they measure the energy flowing into
Earth’s upper atmosphere and the
distortion of magnetic fields near the
these bits of information, NOAA’s
Space Weather Prediction Center forecasts whether
our space weather will be mild or wild.
Utilizing a fleet of spacecraft, scientists
in dozens of countries observe the Sun, the
solar wind, the near-Earth space environment,
as well as the aurora. Ground-based telescopes,
radar and supercomputers are used alongside
these spacecraft to provide a picture of
current and future space weather conditions.
We are learning what it means to truly live
within the atmosphere of the Sun.