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Space Weather

Solar flares and other eruptions increase the effects of the solar wind that constantly streams from the Sun’s surface. This violent energy creates space weather, or conditions that affect other planets, satellites in space, and climate and communications on Earth.

Discover some of space weather's effects and how scientists attempt to predict it.

Exploratorium
Sun and Space Weather Memory Game

Sun and Space Weather Memory Game

See if you can match the pairs of sunspots, auroras, coronal mass ejections, and more in this online version of "concentration." More...

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UCAR
Crazy Alien Weather: Lightning-Filled Rocket Dust Storms of Mars

Crazy Alien Weather: Lightning-Filled Rocket Dust Storms of Mars

Some dust storms on Mars rise fast and high, earning them the nickname “rocket dust storms.” Why don’t they occur on Earth? More...

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WIRED
How’s the Weather on Other Planets?

How’s the Weather on Other Planets?

We complain about the wild weather on Earth and some of its crazy extremes. But it’s nothing compared to the bad weather on other planets. Just how bad can it be? More...

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NOAA
A Cosmic Hurricane and a Tornado on the Sun: Extreme Space Weather

A Cosmic Hurricane and a Tornado on the Sun: Extreme Space Weather

Take a look at NASA’s amazing ability to capture images of extreme space weather. Don’t miss the awesome video of tornado-like twisting plasma (ionized gas) on the surface of the Sun. More...

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Washington Post
A Weather Satellite Watches the Sun

A Weather Satellite Watches the Sun

Space weather is monitored 24/7, 365. Satellites keep tabs on problematic solar radiation that penetrates Earth’s magnetic field and messes with power and electronics. Find out more. More...

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NASA
Bad (Space) Weather Cancels Pigeon Races!

Bad (Space) Weather Cancels Pigeon Races!

What could a storm on the Sun possibly have to do with Earth's magnetic field and a pigeon race? Find out! More...

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NASA
Dynamic Earth

Dynamic Earth

What would Earth be like without the shield of its powerful magnetic field? Much like toxic Venus, actually. Watch the effect of the solar heating that does make it through. More...

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NASA
Real-Time Space Weather Image Gallery

Real-Time Space Weather Image Gallery

Click through awesome images of solar flares, sunspots, auroras, and other celestial wonders in this vast image gallery. More...

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Spaceweather.com
Saturn’s Weird Hexagon Vortex Storms

Saturn’s Weird Hexagon Vortex Storms

View these awesome photos of Saturn's 6-sided jet stream, including a polar storm with an eye that's 1,250-miles wide and has cloud speeds of 330 mph! More...

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Space.com
Shields Up! Save the Satellites!

Shields Up! Save the Satellites!

Solar storms can blast out huge clouds of electrified gas and dust, temporarily disrupting Earth's magnetic field. See how the GOES-R satellites warn us of new danger — and test your skill at doing its job. More...

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NASA
Solar Indigestion and the Magnetic Field

Solar Indigestion and the Magnetic Field

The churning Sun burps out clouds of hot gas with the potential to fry things here on Earth. Our planet’s magnetic field shields us from most solar indigestion. But what about the bits that get through? More...

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NASA
Space Storms

Space Storms

Storms in space may produce the awesome auroras, but they also cause problems — zapping satellites, exposing astronauts to dangerous radiation, and frying power grids on Earth. Neil DeGrasse Tyson explains. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Space Weather and You

Space Weather and You

Space weather affects power grids and communications on Earth and astronauts in space. Check out the ways that scientists model space weather to predict it. More...

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Exploratorium
Sun and Space Weather Movie Gallery

Sun and Space Weather Movie Gallery

Solar storms, coronal flares, sunspots, geomagnetic storms — and much more! Watch them here! More...

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