SpaceWeather

— resources to track the cosmic phenomena that affect life on Earth — 

Yes, we muddle along every day, not thinking much about how the sun and other objects in the sky affect what we do here on land. If we see daylight, it’s all good.

But lots of activity going on “up there” has an impact on what we do “down here.” Solar flares can create electromagnetic storms and a solar wind that reaches Earth and disrupts our communications. When something hits a satellite orbiting the planet, your favorite TV show, iPhone, Android, iPad or landlines may fritz out unexpectedly.

Well, actually, now you can expect it — or, at least, see what scientists predict. The information you need is online at the SpaceWeather website, something for more than just astronomy buffs.

If you’re a ham radio operator or a pilot, SpaceWeather provides information to help you prevent signal blackouts or pick the best time for your transmissions. Or if you just like to be “in the know” about everything in the universe, you can look over the shoulder of the scientists who track the effects of solar flares on Earth’s atmosphere and what else is going on outside the boundaries of our atmosphere.

Beyond the really far-out-in-space stuff, SpaceWeather offers resources to help you track the appearances of aurora borealis. You’ll also enjoy a gallery of images of noctilucent clouds, those glowing wisps that can streak the sky after sunset. Other photo galleries show solar phenomena such as sun dogs, sun pillars, and rainbows.

Just take a look. Don’t let the geek-speak intimidate you. The images are fantastic and the information is fascinating.

Copyright ©2013 Jill J. Jensen | Clarity from Chaos

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