Space physics studies 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.
BIRA-IASB has extensive expertise in:
- modelling the dynamic behavior of the Earth’s magnetosphere
- its coupling with the ionosphere as manifested by the aurora
These studies are deeply rooted in observations provided by ESA’s space missions such as Ulysses or Cluster.