Understanding Earth’s magnetosphere
Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Science News describes the importance of Earth’s magnetosphere, which deflects a constant flow of solar wind from the Sun.
Without the shield of the magnetosphere, our planet would be exposed to the harsh ultraviolet radiation and would not be suitable for life.
Extreme space weather can disrupt important communication networks and power grids. By understanding the magnetosphere, scientists could eventually predict the geomagnetic storms and other events that threaten Earth’s technology.
NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) was launched in 2015 to collect critical data for the ongoing study of the magnetosphere.
Video Credit: NASA Science News