Episode 22 - If a huge solar storm comes we can be left without social media - with Diana Morosan

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Welcome back to The Science Basement Podcast!

Our guest this week is Diana Morosan, postdoctoral researcher in solar physics at the University of Helsinki. We chat about multiple things: how to observe the Sun in radio frequencies, the big LOFAR radio telescope, the solar cycle, solar storms, the coronal heating problem, and many other things. In particular, tune in to hear what would happen to us if a huge solar storm would hit Earth!

…and, of course, it wouldn't be an episode of the TSB podcast without a science anecdote. This time we talk about one of the biggest solar storms ever recorded, the Carrington event!

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Links for this episode

• the LOFAR radio telescope: http://www.lofar.org/

• Carrington's sketch of the 1959 flare: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e5/Carrington_Richard_sunspots_1859.jpg

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Music by Havelocke


 

Listen to our episode #22 here!