An exceptional auroral event in Germany in the 1500s, as depicted by an artist.

Knipp's historical space weather research highlighted

March 17, 2022

What would you do if the power went out? Our lives are increasingly reliant on technology; our work and our social lives often require access to the internet. Lights, televisions, and refrigerators require electricity to run. These devices, and the power grid as a whole, are subject to a major...

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Knipp talks solar storms amid SpaceX satellite failure

Feb. 10, 2022

Research Professor Delores Knipp is interviewed in a new article in the MIT Technology Review about the recent failure of up to 40 satellites launched by SpaceX. The satellites launched with no problems, but trouble struck the following day. The issue? A geomagnetic storm. Knipp is an expect in space...

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Seminar: An Academic Home for a “Non-conforming” Space Scientist - Dec. 4

Dec. 2, 2020

Smead AES: An Academic Home for a “Non-conforming” Space Scientist (or Why Staying within the Lines While Coloring May Not be the Productive Approach) Delores Knipp Research Professor Friday, Dec. 4, 12:30 p.m. Zoom Webinar - Registration Required Abstract: Sciences is the Department’s ‘surname.’ In this reappointment seminar I will...

Airship Italia

Space weather lessons from a 1928 dirigible debacle

July 13, 2020

Analysis of a disrupted SOS signal during an early polar expedition showcases the importance of taking space weather into account when exploring new frontiers. Eos, the magazine of the American Geophysical Union, spoke with research professor Delores Knipp about how space weather impacted an early airship expedition to the North...

Solar flares

Seminar: How a CU Space Education Saved the World (REALLY!) and other stories from Space Weather - Feb. 28

Feb. 22, 2020

Delores Knipp Research Professor, Smead Aerospace Friday, Feb. 28 | 12:30 P.M. | AERO 120 Abstract: Space Weather is a relatively new term applied to research and applications of Sun-Geospace interactions. Space weather research, in one form or another, has been an ongoing activity in the CU and Boulder space-ecosystems...

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Knipp recognized for expanding the field of space weather research

Nov. 19, 2019

Delores Knipp is earning two honors for her research into space weather. Knipp, a research professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences and the Chancellor’s Grand-Challenge Space Weather Technology, Research and Education Center (SWxTREC) at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been awarded the 2019...

Plane flying toward a sunset.

Space weather aviation forecasting on a global scale

Oct. 14, 2019

By Smead Aerospace Research Professor Delores Knipp and RAL Space Head of Space Weather Michael Hapgood: On November 7, 2019, in response to an International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) mandate, the world’s major space weather centers will start issuing global advisories related to disruptions in: high-frequency radio communications; communications via...

Mines like these, deployed in waters off the coast of Vietnam just 3 months earlier, suddenly detonated without explanation in August 1972. The event was attributed to “magnetic perturbations of solar storms.”

EOS Podcast: Space Weather and Global Policy with Delores Knipp

Aug. 20, 2019

Mines like these, deployed in waters off the coast of Vietnam just 3 months earlier, suddenly detonated without explanation in August 1972. The event was attributed to “magnetic perturbations of solar storms.” Credit: U.S. Navy In 1972, during the waning years of the Vietnam War, U.S. military pilots flying south...

A solar flare.

How a Record-Breaking Solar Storm Ignited a Vietnam War Mystery

Aug. 5, 2019

Declassified files are showing researchers the unpredictable nature of the Sun and helping them work towards predicting the next big solar storm. Seeker sat down with Smead Aerospace Research Professor Delores Knipp to find out more. Watch the full story.

A solar flare erupts from the sun in October 2014. (Credit: NASA/SDO)

A 1972 solar storm triggered a Vietnam War mystery

Nov. 12, 2018

On Aug. 4, 1972, U.S. military pilots flying south of Haiphong harbor in North Vietnam saw something unexpected: more than two dozen sea mines suddenly—and without apparent explanation—exploding in the water. Now, CU Boulder engineering professor Delores Knipp and her colleagues have dug into this four-decades-old naval mystery. In a...