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Space Weather

Space Weather

Course Outline: 

Space weather is the study of the drivers of- and the effects on the space environment affecting mankind and its modern technological necessities. Space Weather is a consequence of the behaviour of the Sun, the nature of the Earth’s magnetic field and atmosphere and our location in the solar system. The Sun’s variable nature influences the Earth’s space- and terrestrial environments to a much larger extent than is commonly known. This course will supplement and apply the content of the other NASSP Space Science courses to make the student aware of the level of predictability of these events and precautions that can be taken to minimize the effects on 21st century technology that human kind has become so dependent on.


  • The Sun
    • Stellar Formation
    • Reactions
    • Key components
      • Core
      • Radiation zone
      • Convection zone
      • Chromosphere
      • Corona
    • Magnetic Properities/Dynamic that lead to quasi-cyclic behaviour
    • Events - causes and dynamics
      • Active areas
          • X-ray generation
          • Particle acceleration
          • Mass ejection
        • Coronal Holes
        • Filament dynamics - Hyder Flares
        • Surface dynamics
    • Discuss recursion and predicdion techniques for events
    • Simple prediction and forecasting methodes (prac)
  • Interplanetary Space
    • Influence on man and man-made objects from
      • Radiation
      • Particle
    • Explain difference between efffects at
      • LEO
      • MEO
      • G-Star
      • Interplanetary
    • Space Weather Satellite sensors -SOHO, ACE, SDO, Yokkoh, STEREO
  • Radiation Belts
    • Formation (mention from solar and geomagnetism modules)
    • Identification
    • Effects
  • Satellites and  Effects
    • Orbital mechanics
      • Types
      • @-body motion
      • Perturbations
      • 2-line elements, etc
    • Time systems – Julian, sidereal, GPS, UTC, etc
    • Co-ordinate systems and transformations
      • Spherical,
      • Cartesian,
      • Earth Centred Inertial,
      • az-el-range, etc
  • HF Comms
    • Take EM wave propagation up from Aeronomy module
    • Discuss spread-F, sporadic-E, multipath, Doppler effects on comms
    • Antennas
    • Noise source
    • Transmitter and reciever characteristics
    • HF predictions (prac)
  • Other effects
    • Geomagnetically induced Currents (GICs)
    • Biologicall Effects
    • Effects on non-obvious systems

Programmes | by Dr. Radut