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Space weather

Space weather describes conditions in space that can have an effect on Earth.

These effects can include interruptions to radio communications and GPS, disruption of power grids, and damage to spacecraft. The impacts are caused by magnetic fields, radiation, particles and matter which have left the surface of the sun and interacted with the Earth's upper atmosphere and magnetic field.

The Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre (MOSWOC) provides critical information to help build the resilience of UK infrastructure and impacted industries in the face of space weather events.

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