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.
For space weather news and updates, follow us on Twitter at @MetOfficeSpace
- Observations from space: The techniques used in data collection from space including the use of geo-stationary and polar orbiting satellites.
- L5 mission: Space weather was added to the National Risk Register in 2011. A spacecraft located in the L5 position would greatly increase space weather forecasting capabilities.
- MOSWOC space weather products catalogue (PDF 5.63 MB)
- Space weather folder (PDF 3.67 MB) - Find out more about space weather
- Space weather impacts (PDF 598 KB) - Impacts of space weather on industry
- Space weather timeline (PDF 3.79 MB) - Space weather timeline
- Measuring space weather impacts (PDF 1.99 MB) - Space weather impact scales
- Space weather (PDF 201 KB) - Find out more about how we forecast space weather