Solar radiation

From Marspedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Sources of solar radiation

Solar radiation can be split into two varieties: electromagnetic and ionized particles.

  • The electromagnetic spectrum is radiated from a near-"Black Body" at 5800K.
  • High energy ions can be excited by solar wind interactions and/or emitted directly from solar flares or subsequent Coronal Mass Ejections. A solar proton event (SPE) occurs when the intensity of this radiation temporarily spikes after a solar flare or CME. In an SPE, the intensity of particulate radiation can increase by up to 5 orders of magnitude over the normal level, with radiation returning to the baseline level after several days.[1] 

v · d · eManned Missions to Mars

Concepts: Greenhouse · Settlements · Locations · General
Hazards: Space Weather · Climate · General
Technology: Hi-Tech · Lo-Tech · Energy · Spaceflight science · Communication · General
Human Considerations: Economics · Health · Governance · Trade · Law · Social

This article is a stub. You can help Marspedia by expanding it.
  1. Schimmerling W. (2011, Feb 5). The Space Radiation Environment: An Introduction.