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John Wheeler, Published August 25 2012

Weather Talk: Scientific discipline known as space weather exists

A week ago, I wrote about my desire to be a Martian weather forecaster. It was meant to be taken in a lighthearted way. However, there is a serious scientific discipline known as space weather.

Some aspects of space weather, including solar flares and sunspot frequencies, have an effect on weather conditions here on Earth.

Space weather also encompasses the locations of near-Earth asteroids, shooting stars and the aurora borealis.

Also, there are people whose job is to study the atmospheres and climates on other planets, including Mars.

Not the same as weather forecasting on Earth, these studies are more about learning how other climates function in general, so as to learn more about our own planet.

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