PerspectiveSpace Science

How to Cope with Space Weather

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Science  30 Aug 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5586, pp. 1486-1487
DOI: 10.1126/science.1074956

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Space weather-the fluctuating magnetic fields and energetic particles that originate from the Sun and penetrate far into Earth's atmosphere-has the power to damage satellites and disrupt communications or power grids on Earth's surface. In his Perspective, Baker reviews recent efforts to understand space weather and shield satellites from its harmful effects.