Space Weather

View of Earth from space

MXL builds cubeSats to measure atmospheric plasma bubbles

The two TBEx satellites launched in June 2019 will give scientists detailed insight into the effects of plasma bubbles in the upper atmosphere and how this space weather impacts space communication. |Medium Read

Beyond Apollo 11: U-M ECE’s role in advancing space exploration

For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, U-M ECE takes a look back – and a look forward – to how our professors, students, and alums have made their mark on the field.|Long Read
Solar Eclipse March 7th, 1970.

Climate & Space Ph.D student travels to Chile for total solar eclipse research

Yeimy Rivera joins a team from the UCAR High Altitude Observatory that will analyze the Sun's magnetic field during the Solar event. |Short Read

Prof. Louise Willingale creates extreme plasma conditions using high-intensity laser pulses

Willingale’s research in plasma physics advances many research areas from spectacular astrophysical phenomena to cancer treatment to fusion power.|Medium Read
A render of PSP approaching the sun

Solving the sun’s super-heating mystery with Parker Solar Probe

Probe will go where no spacecraft has gone and measure a process never directly observed before. |Medium Read
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured this image of an X2.0-class solar flare

Solar storm congressional testimony: ‘The risk is real’

Professor Justin Kasper addresses Senate committee on solar threat to power grid.|Medium Read
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Climate & Space Prof. Ridley comments on new aurorae research in Scientific American

Why Do the Northern and Southern Lights Differ? Scientists have discovered the reason why. |Short Read
Brandon Russell

ECE student Brandon Russell explores space phenomena in a lab

PhD student Brandon Russell is awarded the Rackham International Student Fellowship for his research on magnetic fields in high-energy plasmas, which could help advance the development of clean energy and our understanding of energetic astrophysical phenomena.|Medium Read
CSEM Kennedy Award

CLaSP CSEM team Receives Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award

The goal of the Center for Space Environment Modeling (CSEM) is to develop high-performance, first-principles based computational models to describe and predict hazardous conditions in the near-earth space environment extending from the sun to the ionosphere, called space weather.|Short Read

Climate & Space names three new Associate Chairs

The new positions will assist the Department Chair on strategic initiatives and goals. |Short Read
CYGNSS in orbit

Deciphering GPS satellites to see inside hurricanes

To dial in on exact wind speeds, researchers needed to reverse engineering the signals from satellites.|Medium Read
Digital illustration of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the Sun

Key Parker Solar Probe sensor bests sun simulator—last launch hurdle

With old IMAX projector bulbs, Michigan Engineers simulate the sun.|Medium Read