Solar Wind

by Valentina

Did you know that the sun is constantly blowing on us very hot tiny particles (mainly electrons and protons)? This is called Solar Wind. While it directly hits other planets, Earth's magnetic field keeps us safe. 

Q: Do you know what other planets have a magnetic field? 

A: Keep on reading to find out!

Video credit: NASA

Learn more about Solar Wind and Earth's Magnetic Field:

The Solar Wind can get closer to the Earth near the poles. This disrupts satellite, GPS and radio signals. 

When Solar Wind interacts with the magnetic field near the poles, it can cause disturbances in it. This causes beautiful polar lights, or auroras

Q: Do Jupiter and Saturn also have auroras?

A: Yes! And absolutely fascinating!

Find out about the Juno spacecraft, launched in 2011 and orbiting Jupiter since 2016.