The Magnetic Solar System: Shock Waves & Space Weather
The IOP presents a lecture by Dr Imogen Gingell as part of the Women in STEM lecture series. Entry is free but registration is essential -- please register online here. Doors open at 18:00, the talk will run from 18:30 to 19:30, and there will be an extended networking session from 19:30 to 20:00.
The Sun is continuously ejecting a hot, magnetised gas known as the “Solar Wind.” These winds are highly variable, and violent solar events like flares and coronal mass ejections can have significant impact even at Earth. Imogen will introduce the past, present and future of NASA and ESA’s space monitoring fleet, and demonstrate some of the unique ways in which magnetic fields can lead to explosive energy transfer around the solar system. Discover whether humans should be worried about extreme solar events, how the Sun is linked to the Northern Lights, and why Earth has its own “sonic boom.”