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The Next Big Solar Storm Could Fry the Grid

Oct. 11, 2023

The first primitive ancestor of future AI-based solar-weather alert systems is live. [SWx TREC's] DstLive system, which debuted on the web in December 2022, uses machine learning to take data about the state of Earth’s magnetic field and the solar wind and translate both into a single measure for the entire planet, known as DST.

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New $10 million center at CU Boulder to begin space weather research

Oct. 9, 2023

A new center at the University of Colorado Boulder will begin researching space weather between the Earth and the moon to find ways to make the region safer for satellites. Right now, Principal Investigator Tom Berger said, scientists have no forecasting ability for that region of space.

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New center will lay groundwork for better space weather forecasts

Sept. 25, 2023

NASA announced that it had selected four Space Weather Centers of Excellence , including the Space Weather Operational Readiness Development (SWORD) center at CU Boulder. As its name suggests, the nearly $10 million center will offer some powerful protection for the planet: SWORD research will seek to help scientists develop...

Knipp to give AFRL/AFOSR Chief Scientist Distinguished Lecture

Sept. 1, 2023

Delores Knipp will give the AFRL/AFOSR Chief Scientist Distinguished Lecture on Space Weather at 13 EDT / 11 MDT on 11 September. Registration is required: Talk Titled: Space Weather: Balancing an Unbalanced Threat Description: Space weather, like terrestrial weather, poses a multi-faceted challenge to DoD operations. However, space weather,...

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NASA Selects Space Weather Centers for Excellence

Aug. 16, 2023

The Space Weather Technology, Research & Education Center is leading a NASA Space Weather Center of Excellence, an integrated multi-agency initiative to advance the science and technology of space weather. NASA has selected three Space Weather Centers of Excellence (SWxC) and is partnering with the Department of Commerce (DoC) on...

A polar tongue of ionization during a geomagnetic storm stretching from lower latitudes up over Canada, Greenland, and northern Europe and Asia.*

CU Boulder researcher earns NASA grant to study how space weather affects Earth

Aug. 1, 2023

Yang Wang is leading a unique study harnessing satellite data to study how solar activity affects a poorly understood region of Earth’s upper atmosphere. Wang, a visiting faculty member in the Ann and H. J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences working in the Space Weather Technology, Research, and Education...

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CU Boulder scientist advancing space weather research with major NASA grant

July 24, 2023

Luis Navarro is pushing the forefront of research in Earth’s extreme upper atmosphere to answer important and complex scientific questions. Navarro, a research scientist in the Space Weather Technology, Research and Education Center (SWx TREC) at the University of Colorado Boulder, has earned a four-year, $700,000 NASA Heliophysics grant to...

AMS Conference, Jan. 8-12, 2023 (Denver)

Jan. 2, 2023

SWx TREC presenations at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) 20th Conference on Space Weather, Jan. 8-12, 2023 (Denver)

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How does Space Weather impact satellites and debris in Low-Earth Orbit?

Jan. 7, 2022

Space weather is the main source of uncertainty in the location of satellites and debris in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). All objects in LEO orbit through the region of the Earth’s upper atmosphere called the “Thermosphere”. As solar conditions change, the thermosphere swells and shrinks, causing variable drag forces on orbiting objects. During an extreme geomagnetic storm, these forces could lead to dramatic changes in the orbits of all objects in LEO leading to a much higher risk of collision.

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Visiting Faculty Position at the University of Colorado Boulder in Solar influences on Space Weather Phenomena or Technological Systems

Dec. 1, 2021

Announcing a visiting faculty position at the University of Colorado Boulder in solar influences on space weather phenomena or technological systems. Applications are due 31 December.