Space Weather Forecast
Conditions in the Solar Wind and the Interplanetary
Magnetic Field, measured
by satellites roughly 45 minutes "upstream" or "sunward" of Earth, provide
us with early warning of storms headed towards our planet.
The dials below are maintained by scientists
from Rice University using data from the ACE
Space Weather Today
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