Wondering what's going on with the weather, or curious about how climate change is affecting the planet? Keen on learning about the latest news from our robotic explorers in the solar system, or the newest discoveries from the universe?
Look no further!
What will you find here?
• Read the latest news content, as well as read about the amazing science of weather phenomena and the latest findings regarding global warming and climate change.
• Learn the fascinating details behind how weather works with our new web series Weather Wise.
• Check out what you can expect to see in the night sky each season, from planetary conjunctions to eclipses to meteor showers and other astronomical phenomena.
• See the latest images of the Sun from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, to track sunspots, coronal loops and solar flares.
• Check out what space weather forecasters are seeing from the solar wind and coronal mass ejections, and the geomagnetic storms and auroras they produce here on Earth.
• Watch live feeds of NASA coverage, and see live rocket launches by SpaceX and United Launch Alliance.
Out of this World brings together all the amazing science news about weather, climate change, astronomy, space exploration and space weather, all presented by The Weather Network's meteorologist and science writer, Scott Sutherland.
Follow Scott on Twitter: @ScottWx_TWN
Listen in as Scott talks with Lee Sterry, on 610 CKTB in St. Catharines, every Friday from 1:30-2pm, on This Week in Geek!
Weather Wise Videos
It may be cold outside, but there are still some sights in the night sky this winter that shouldn't be missed, including some amazing line-ups of planets and the Moon, and the elusive Zodiacal Light!
This Year in Space
There are some awesome events happening in astronomy and space exploration in 2018. Here's a list of the best things going on in space this year.
The Sun and Space Weather
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) monitors the Earth-facing side of the Sun, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, tracking sunspots, solar flares, filament eruptions and coronal mass ejections, to provide us with ample warning should solar activity potentially threaten our satellites, spacecraft and astronauts in orbit, and our power grids on the ground.
Above are five different views that SDO regularly delivers - Track sunspots with the HMI Intensitygram (Orange), see dark filaments and prominences with the 304 Angstrom filter (Red), marvel at magnetic 'coronal loops' with the 171 Angstrom filter (Gold), spot solar flares the 94 Angstrom filter (Green), and see the solar corona (the Sun's "atmosphere") with the 193 Angstrom filter (Bronze).
Solar activity can have direct impact on Earth, our people and technology in space, and our power grids and technologies here on the ground, in the form of Space Weather.
You can track space weather from the products below.
See the overall activity around Earth with NOAA's Space Weather Overview, on the left above, including the Planetary K-index, which measures geomagnetic activity (Kp=5 or higher is a geomagnetic storm!). Track Coronal Mass Ejections and the solar wind using the WSA-Enlil Solar Wind Prediction model, on the right above. In the model, Earth is the green dot in both plots, CMEs show up in the top plot as bright arcs of colour, expanding as they move outward from the centre, and the solar wind looks like a brightly coloured 'pinwheel' in the bottom plot.
Check out how far south the auroras may reach in the next 30 minutes with the Aurora Forecast for the northern hemisphere (left). Watch the streams of solar particles that leave the Sun, to form the bright pinwheel of the solar wind, and track CMEs expanding outward following solar flares, using the latest LASCO C2 closeup view of the solar corona (centre) and the latest LASCO C3 wide-field view of the corona (right).
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