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Solar-terrestrial science

The natural events happening beyond our protective atmosphere and magnetic field can have an impact on human activities, both on Earth and in space. Solar-terrestrial science is the study of the near-Earth space environment (or geospace), how it is affected by the Sun, and its complex interactions with the atmosphere.

Space weather refers to variable conditions in space, beginning with eruptions on the Sun, which cause disturbances in the Earth's space environment and magnetic field (e.g. solar storms and geomagnetic storms). In addition to causing spectacular aurora around the magnetic poles, the electromagnetic radiation and charged particles coming from space, can have a major impact on human activities, from damaging spacecraft electronics and threatening astronaut health to causing power outages on Earth. It is important that we understand these phenomena so that we can better predict and respond to potential threats and impacts.

Studying space weather

Because of the geographic location of the magnetic North Pole (in the Arctic), Canadian scientists have a privileged perspective on the auroras and space weather, using information collected by instruments on the ground and aboard satellites.

Discover 13 research projects using satellite data to study space weather

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is supporting thirteen Canadian research teams that are studying space weather so that we better understand it and are better equipped to predict and respond to its effects.

The Geospace Observatory (GO) Canada Initiative

Learn how the CSA is supporting the academic community in gathering data on geospace, conducting research, and transforming scientific knowledge into applications.

Northern lights phenomenon

Learn more about aurora borealis and the role of the Sun in their formation.

Satellites and instruments

Operational satellites and instruments

Non operational satellites and instruments

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