Space Weather Instruments

The changing environmental conditions from the sun’s atmosphere are known as space weather. Space weather is caused by electromagnetic radiation and charged particles that are released from solar storms. Changes in the magnetic field and a continuous flow of solar particles during a powerful storm headed to Earth can disrupt communications, navigation, and power grids as well as result in spacecraft damage and exposure to dangerous radiation. GOES-R Series satellites host a suite of instruments that detect approaching space weather hazards.