The Ulysses spacecraft studies the Sun.
How Scientists Study Space Weather
Scientists use different ways to study space weather. They use instruments in space like satellites and orbiting telescopes. Scientists also use instruments on Earth to study space weather. They use these instruments to study the Sun, the magnetic field out in space (IMF) and the Earth.
Once scientists get readings from their instruments, they use models to make sense of all of the readings. Space weather models are complex and are often done on super fast computers.
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