How do thunderstorms affect the Earth’s climate?

Thu 11 Apr 2019, 15:40


The Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) was launched last April in an effort to study severe thunderstorms. Just a year later, the observation facility is already providing scientists with a better understanding of the role that thunderstorms play in the Earth’s atmosphere and climate and how lightning is created. Picture: Earth.com

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Fireworks of blue lightning and gamma-rays above thunderclouds

Tue 09 Apr 2019, 14:43


After only one year in space, the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) on the International Space Station has given researchers a new understanding of how lightning is created, and how thunderstorms can affect the atmosphere and the climate. Picture: ESA/NASA

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New knowledge about giant lightning bolts in space

Tue 09 Apr 2019, 14:11


Measurements from the large ASIM space project shows a firework of blue lightning and X-ray radiation above thunderclouds. After one year in space, the ASIM (Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor) observatory on the International Space Station (ISS) has given researchers from Denmark’s Technical University (DTU) a new and better understanding of how lightning is created, and how thunderstorms can affect the stratosphere and the climate. Picture: ESA

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The Science Circling Above Us on the International Space Station

Fri 08 Mar 2019, 14:54


The International Space Station orbits Earth, 400 km above our heads, running scientific experiments that cannot be done anywhere else. Read on for our bi-weekly update on European science in space. Picture: ESA

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ASIM observatory captures first giant lightning

Tue 29 May 2018, 14:08


DTU scientists have analysed the first amazing images of a violent thunderstorm over the Earth captured by the ASIM observatory at the International Space Station. Picture: ESA/DTU Space

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ASIM observatory now installed

Fri 20 Apr 2018, 14:03


DTU is looking forward to receiving data from the ASIM space observatory, which was installed on the International Space Station (ISS) last weekend. Picture: ESA/P.Thomsen

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Congratulations to ASIM launch and installation

Thu 19 Apr 2018, 15:50


IDEAS congratulates the University of Bergen, the Birkeland Centre for Space Science, Terma AS and the Technical University of Denmark with the successful launch and installation of the ASIM instrument featuring the MXGS gamma ray detector on the International Space Station.

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New atmosphere instrument on International Space Station looking for thunderstorms

Tue 10 Apr 2018, 15:46


On Friday, April 13, 2018, the Danish ASIM experiment will be installed on the outside of the European Columbus module of the ISS International Space Station. The instrument must give us insight into the luminous phenomena that take place over violent thunderstorms. The Belgian B.USOC is responsible for the infrastructure and operations of ASIM. Picture: DTU Space

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The Dragon module carrying ASIM has arrived at the ISS

Tue 10 Apr 2018, 13:59


The Dragon spacecraft with the Danish ASIM project on board has reached the International Space Station. Andreas Mogensen helps guide the spacecraft from the NASA control centre in Houston. Picture: NASA TV

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Hunting mystery giant lightning from space

Sat 07 Apr 2018, 16:05


Thunderstorms are some of the most spectacular events in nature, yet what we can see from the surface of our planet is only the beginning.

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