Dr Jenny Carter (University of Leicester, Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow) talks about how our understanding of space weather – the interaction between the Sun and the Earth – will soon be revolutionised by the SMILE satellite, which is due to launch in 2025. Space weather is most commonly associated with spectacular displays of aurora, but other effects include loss of communications, damage to spacecraft, and electrical currents generated on Earth.
SMILE will take the first X-ray images of the highly dynamic solar wind – magnetosphere interaction, and at the same time, it will take ultraviolet images of the Northern Hemisphere aurora.
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