Throughout the United States, researchers have been attempting to uncover the physics behind space weather. And despite sounding quite science fiction, space weather should concern each of us. Our sun hurls millions of tons of plasma gas into space, called solar wind. It then buffets the magnetic field surrounding the Earth and can cause powerful geomantic storms which in turn disrupt cell phone services, damage satellites as well as blackout power grids. Researchers believe that if such outbursts could be predicted in a timely and precise manner, measures could also be undertaken to cope with the aftermath of geomagnetic storms.
A recent study will be presented in New Orleans, at the American Physical Society’s Division of Plasma Physics. Several experiments have been taking place and the results include numerous findings.