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Use Magnetic Fields To Understand Space Weather

Use Magnetic Fields To Understand Space Weather


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The Sun generates an incredible amount of energy, energy that you can see and feel as light and heat. Other forms of energy from the Sun are invisible to humans. Even if you can’t see them, the charged particles, magnetic fields, and gamma and x-rays the Sun makes affect the Earth. More than that, when these invisible forms of energy interact with a planet’s magnetic field and atmosphere, they create some of the solar system’s most beautiful displays of color and light.

You may not realize it, but there is weather in space, driven by the Sun. Solar weather affects the Earth in many ways, not all good. To understand how that happens, you must understand solar wind and magnetic fields. So break out your magnets, because you’re going to experiment with the shielding force that protects our planet.


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