From the Sun to the Earth: Journey of a solar storm

Date: 24th November 2018

Location: Tiedekulma (Yliopistonkatu 4)

Presenters: Lucile Turc and Maxime Grandin

Image Credit: NASA

Image Credit: NASA

“Warning: solar storm incoming! A tremendous eruption in the Sun’s atmosphere has just unleashed a giant cloud of solar particles, scheduled to reach Earth within a few days. Aurora catchers are already preparing their cameras, while spacecraft operators are checking the latest space weather forecasts, evaluating the expected impact of the storm in near-Earth space. Let’s follow this solar storm on its turbulent journey across the solar system! From its birth in the solar atmosphere to its complicated relationship with the Earth’s magnetic field, we’ll take you through the fascinating life of a solar storm, whose complexity still poses a serious challenge to scientists. Buckle up and enjoy the show as the storm sweeps throughout our whole solar system, giving birth to colourful auroras at Earth, Mars, and even the giant planets.”

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