Space physics

Definition

Space physics is the study of the natural phenomenon that occur in our solar system. Specifically, the sun, the particles and radiation it creates and how these affect the planets. This includes the solar wind and its interaction with the Earth and near-Earth space; so-called space weather.

Latest Research and Reviews

  • Research |

    Simulations of a solar coronal jet driven by filament ejection demonstrate that magnetic reconnection underlies the energy release, implying that a universal ‘breakout’ model explains both tiny jets and huge mass ejections from the Sun.

    • Peter F. Wyper
    • , Spiro K. Antiochos
    •  & C. Richard DeVore
    Nature 544, 452–455
  • Research |

    The authors put together measurements of ions and neutral atoms from Cassini and the two Voyagers and find that the heliosphere responds quickly (with a lag of 2–3 years) to the solar cycle and that it is bubble-shaped and not tail-shaped, as usually schematized.

    • K. Dialynas
    • , S. M. Krimigis
    • , D. G. Mitchell
    • , R. B. Decker
    •  & E. C. Roelof
  • Research | | open

    • M. André
    • , A. Caballé
    • , M. van der Schaar
    • , A. Solsona
    • , L. Houégnigan
    • , S. Zaugg
    • , A. M. Sánchez
    • , J. V. Castell
    • , M. Solé
    • , F. Vila
    • , D. Djokic
    • , S. Adrián-Martínez
    • , A. Albert
    • , M. Anghinolfi
    • , G. Anton
    • , M. Ardid
    • , J.-J. Aubert
    • , T. Avgitas
    • , B. Baret
    • , J. Barrios-Martí
    • , S. Basa
    • , V. Bertin
    • , S. Biagi
    • , R. Bormuth
    • , M. C. Bouwhuis
    • , R. Bruijn
    • , J. Brunner
    • , J. Busto
    • , A. Capone
    • , L. Caramete
    • , J. Carr
    • , S. Celli
    • , T. Chiarusi
    • , M. Circella
    • , A. Coleiro
    • , R. Coniglione
    • , H. Costantini
    • , P. Coyle
    • , A. Creusot
    • , A. Deschamps
    • , G. De Bonis
    • , C. Distefano
    • , I. Di Palma
    • , C. Donzaud
    • , D. Dornic
    • , D. Drouhin
    • , T. Eberl
    • , I. El Bojaddaini
    • , D. Elsässer
    • , A. Enzenhöfer
    • , K. Fehn
    • , I. Felis
    • , L. A. Fusco
    • , S. Galatà
    • , P. Gay
    • , S. Geißelsöder
    • , K. Geyer
    • , V. Giordano
    • , A. Gleixner
    • , H. Glotin
    • , R. Gracia-Ruiz
    • , K. Graf
    • , S. Hallmann
    • , H. van Haren
    • , A. J. Heijboer
    • , Y. Hello
    • , J. J. Hernandez-Rey
    • , J. Hößl
    • , J. Hofestädt
    • , C. Hugon
    • , G. Illuminati
    • , C. W. James
    • , M. de Jong
    • , M. Jongen
    • , M. Kadler
    • , O. Kalekin
    • , U. Katz
    • , D. Kießling
    • , A. Kouchner
    • , M. Kreter
    • , I. Kreykenbohm
    • , V. Kulikovskiy
    • , C. Lachaud
    • , R. Lahmann
    • , D. Lefèvre
    • , E. Leonora
    • , S. Loucatos
    • , M. Marcelin
    • , A. Margiotta
    • , A. Marinelli
    • , J. A. Martínez-Mora
    • , A. Mathieu
    • , K. Melis
    • , T. Michael
    • , P. Migliozzi
    • , A. Moussa
    • , C. Mueller
    • , E. Nezri
    • , G. E. Păvălaş
    • , C. Pellegrino
    • , C. Tönnis
    • , A. Trovato
    • , D. Vivolo
    • , T. Seitz
    • , F. Schüssler
    • , M. Saldaña
    • , G. Riccobene
    • , C. Perrina
    • , V. Van Elewyck
    • , M. Sanguineti
    • , J. D. Zornoza
    • , M. Taiuti
    • , J. Zuñiga
    • , C. Sieger
    • , P. Piattelli
    • , J. Wilms
    • , S. Wagner
    • , T. Pradier
    • , K. Roensch
    • , V. Popa
    • , Th. Stolarczyk
    • , A. Sánchez-Losa
    • , J. Schnabel
    • , C. Vallée
    • , D. F. E. Samtleben
    • , C. Racca
    • , P. Sapienza
    • , M. Spurio
    • , B. Vallage
    • , M. Tselengidou
    •  & D. Turpin
  • Research |

    Global-scale Rossby waves develop in planets’ atmospheres and influence their weather. Now, similar waves, driven by magnetism, are unambiguously detected on the Sun. They can possibly help the forecasting of solar activity and related space weather.

    • Scott W. McIntosh
    • , William J. Cramer
    • , Manuel Pichardo Marcano
    •  & Robert J. Leamon
  • Research |

    Magnetic energy powers explosive flares on the Sun. Now, observations of unprecedented resolution identify the precursors of such flares in the lower solar atmosphere. These findings will help to constrain theoretical models of flare formation.

    • Haimin Wang
    • , Chang Liu
    • , Kwangsu Ahn
    • , Yan Xu
    • , Ju Jing
    • , Na Deng
    • , Nengyi Huang
    • , Rui Liu
    • , Kanya Kusano
    • , Gregory D. Fleishman
    • , Dale E. Gary
    •  & Wenda Cao

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