Living in the Atmosphere of the Sun

Dr Lucie Green, Solar Researcher, Mullard Space Science Laboratory

Abstract:

The Sun produces huge and powerful eruptions called coronal mass ejections, which throw masses of charged particles into space with explosive force. Some of these inevitably reach the Earth, creating beautiful aurora in the polar skies, but also with the potential to wreak havoc with our telecommunications and electricity networks.

This talk will cover which satellites we use to study coronal mass ejections and our current understanding of how these events are produced.