Welcome to the Ionosphere

  • Released Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:47PM
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Learn about the features of the ionosphere! This little-explored region exists between space and Earth. It is home to the aurora, the international space station, a variety of satellites, and radio communication waves. We know it is sensitive to weather from Earth and conditions in space, called space weather. Join us as we venture to this interface to space!

Gif from Welcome to the Ionosphere intro animation Credit: NASA/GSFC/CIL/Krystofer Kim

Gif from Welcome to the Ionosphere intro animation Credit: NASA/GSFC/CIL/Krystofer Kim

Airglow in the ionosphere. Credit: NASA/GSFC/CIL/Krystofer Kim

Airglow in the ionosphere. Credit: NASA/GSFC/CIL/Krystofer Kim

Earth's weather impacts the ionosphere. Credit: NASA/GSFC/CIL/Krystofer Kim

Earth's weather impacts the ionosphere. Credit: NASA/GSFC/CIL/Krystofer Kim

Ionosphere changes over a 24 hour period. Credit: NASA/GSFC/CIL/Krystofer Kim

Ionosphere changes over a 24 hour period. Credit: NASA/GSFC/CIL/Krystofer Kim

Ionosphere goes through fluctuations over the course of a year. Credit: NASA/GSFC/CIL/Krystofer Kim

Ionosphere goes through fluctuations over the course of a year. Credit: NASA/GSFC/CIL/Krystofer Kim

Space weather impacts the ionosphere. Credit: NASA/GSFC/CIL/Krystofer Kim

Space weather impacts the ionosphere. Credit: NASA/GSFC/CIL/Krystofer Kim

The solar wind impacts the ionosphere. Credit: NASA/GSFC/CIL/Krystofer Kim

The solar wind impacts the ionosphere. Credit: NASA/GSFC/CIL/Krystofer Kim



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