Solar flares and northern lights: the beauty and danger of the Sun
3.00pm - 4.30pm
This free discussion is part of the Café Scientifique programme running as part of the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.
Without the Sun, life on Earth would never have evolved. The Sun provides the key ingredient, light, to fuel photo-synthesis and gives us beautiful natural phenomenon such as the Northern Lights. Yet in recent years warnings about Solar flares affecting GPS and other electronic devices have increased. Should we be worried?
Captain Bryn Jones, CEO of SolarMetrics and a Captain at Virgin Atlantic Airways and Dr Jim Wild from the Space Plasma Environment and Radio Science Group at Lancaster University will provide some insight into the beauty and danger of the Sun with Dr Lucie Green, a solar researcher from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory as the chair.
Venue: Terrace Café, Royal Society, London.
In case you can't make this talk, Dr Lucie Green will also be delivering a keynote presentation on 'Living in the Sun's atmosphere' at the upcoming ESERO-UK Space Education Day which is free for all primary and secondary teachers to attend.