NASA Space Weather
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The NASA Space Weather App provides access to space environment information from the sun to the earth, giving users a look at complex physical processes as they evolve, and how these processes affect the near earth space environment. Enormous explosions of gas and charged particles from the sun, known as Coronal Mass Ejections or CMEs, can be viewed on the NASA Space Weather App minutes after an eruption has been observed from satellites like the joint European Space Agency and NASA mission Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), NASA’s Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO), as well as NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory ( SDO ). The potential effects of such solar storms can also be viewed by accessing one of the many space weather model data products that use observational data to forecast potentially hazardous space environment effects. The Community Coordinated Modeling Center at NASA GSFC operates the largest collection of real- time space weather models in the community, and provides direct access to these real-time space weather simulation results through the NASA Space Weather App. In addition to the NASA provided observational and simulation data products, the NASA Space Weather App also utilizes external space weather resources from a host of collaborators such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and their Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES).
All data products in the NASA Space Weather application are user selectable, allowing customized display configurations that include only the products of interest to each particular user. NASA Space Weather App has a catalog of over 200 unique space weather analysis data products ranging from the solar domain all the way to the earth’s ionosphere.
Development of the iSWA (Integrated Space Weather Analysis) system and the NASA Space Weather iPhone App has been a joint activity between the Office of the Chief Engineer at NASA Headquarters and the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate and the Science and Exploration Directorate at NASA Goddard. The iSWA system is located at NASA Goddard.
The Community Coordinated Modeling Center is funded by the Heliophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, and the National Science Foundation.
What's New in Version 1.0.1
1. Improved server connectivity
2. Fixed some downloading bugs
3. Minor interface bug fixes
Not for amatures
Wow, all the raw satellite data any space weather geek could wish for! ACE, SOHO, Kp index, solar wind velocity, realtime ionospheric Joule heating; all without any explanation of any sort about what the heck you're looking at, or any obvious way to contact the developer.
What would really make this app worth a million bucks, is if it had explanations that taught you about all these indices, so everyone could appreciate how awesome this app really is.
The images could use a caption, and it is a tad difficult to navigate from one image to another. Some way to switch to any image in the set with one tap would be handy. And once we zoom in, the images seem to lose their anchors. For the graphs, can we also get a link to the tabulated data?
Great app for keeping an eye on space weather.
My only issue is there are a few images that are animated that I wish would play within the app. The ones labeled as animation loops do not animate at all and the static image isn't as useful.
- Category: Weather
- Updated: Jun 10, 2011
- Version: 1.0.1
- Size: 4.9 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: NASA
- © 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.