Met Office Launches Space Weather Station... in Exeter

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Met Office is set to add warnings about the weather in space to its armoury of advisories, telling astronauts whether they can get away with wearing the lightweight space suit or should opt for the thick warm one with the furry hood.

As well as letting ISS residents know whether it's safe to sleep with the kitchen window open or not tonight, the Met Office's new facility will monitor the output of the sun, tracking our tame little star's surface for signs of troublesome solar flares that could bring such calamities to earth as disrupting communications, GPS and power grids. [Sky]

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