European Space Agency (ESA)

The New Space Weather Mission

What's the weather like on the sun today? It might seem like a silly question, but solar weather forecasts are really important. Bursts of charged particles and magnetic fields from the sun, called coronal mass ejections (CMEs), can rattle communications systems and knock out the power grid. Luckily, space weather forecasts are about to get a lot better. The European Space Agency recently received funding to launch a satellite that could predict solar weather by around 2023. Learn more about this project in the following video.

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Space Weather Forecasts Are About To Improve

We could go from 16-hour predictions to 5-day warnings. That's what we like to hear!

The Difference Between CMEs And Solar Flares

They're both explosions that occur on the sun (and sometimes at the same time), but they're not the same thing.

Strong Solar Flare Hurls Coronal Mass Ejection

Watch explosive space weather in action.

Written by Curiosity Staff January 30, 2017

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