Undergraduate course

Near Earth Space

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codePHYS251
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish. Norwegian if only Norwegian students attend.
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course gives an introduction to the physical processes and conditions in near-Earth space influencing the space weather: The structure of the sun, solar activity and solar radiation, the solar wind, the Earth's atmosphere and its composition, the ionosphere and its influence on radio wave propagation, the geomagnetic field, motion of charged particles in the Earth's magnetosphere, particle precipitation, aurora and cosmic rays. Some examples on the influence of the geomagnetic field on the conditions in near-Earth space (and vice versa) will be given. Several practical applications of plasma physics in our space environment are given.

Learning Outcomes

By taking the course PHYS251 the student should be able to:

  • describe the different regions in the near Earth Space
  • discuss the most important parameters in these regions
  • describe and discuss the most important processes within and between these regions in the Near Earth Space


Required Previous Knowledge

Basic knowledge of minimum 60 ECTS in physics.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline