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Episode 80: Space Weather

Play Jan 25•4:17

Weather predictions in space are even trickier than forecasts on Earth. Space weather forecasting largely deals with the pattern of the Sun's activity, or solar cycle. Scientists monitor Sun activity by counting sunspots. These spots are associated with magnetic storms and the ejection of huge plasma plumes from the Sun. Plasma plumes take about three days to reach Earth. Space weather is imp...

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