Longing for more space, open skies
and exotic travel? Then look up! - about 30 to 600 miles straight up- at the ionosphere, Earth's interface to space!
Nestles far about the clouds, but below outer space, this
little understood destination invites you to explore its
Experience both the weather from Earth and the weather from space!
Marvel at the ballet of radio waves and navigation signals, like GPS,
leaping through this particle paradise
Sit back, relax, and take in the aurora,
some satellites, and the international space station as they sail by!3
And you’ll want your camera handy for
one of the region’s signature features: bright and colorful airglow!
This daily show is made possible by the ionosphere’s own swarming charged particles
because that's what the ionosphere is,
it's ALL charged particles!
During the day, enjoy the sea of particles, freshly energized by the sun.
As the sun sets, the particle party relaxes
and the airglow thins. Our quiet nightlife lets you, gaze into clearer skies
The ionosphere is in constant motion,
an amazing effect of space weather.
Don’t miss when solar storms rain down. The storm
separates the particles even more,making this colorful region delightfully more dense
some places and stunningly sparse in others.
And don’t forget about storms from Earth below! Your weather from back home
also stirs up this one-of-a-kind destination!
Experience the unique beauty of every season, as changes in Earth’s atmosphere - daily and annually!-
can create pressure waves changing the ionosphere’s shape and density.
Venture to the equator, where our particles are packed lush and thick.
Cruise along a magnetic field line and see how the ionosphere’s
charged material also interacts with Earth’s own magnetic field.
Don’t miss the super highway of particles zipping out
to space and back down to the planet.
This unpredictable parade of charged particles can help you unplug and unwind.
This is because the crowd of particles can garble the radio and satellite
communications from home.
The ionosphere welcomes you to discover more about this little-known region.
“After all – once you’ve explored this interface to space who knows how much farther
you’ll be able to go?