The next wave


  • Michael Carlowicz


Rather than anticipating geomagnetic storms just minutes to hours ahead of time, a team of researchers hopes to soon provide predictions of storms as much as three days in advance.

Researchers from the University of California-San Diego, Phillips Laboratory at Hanscom Air Force Base (Massachusetts), and the University of Birmingham (U.K.) are designing a new instrument, known as the solar mass ejection imager (SMEI) that might give communications and electric power managers more time to prepare for incoming space storms.