Online Course : Martin's Astronomy Talk - The Aurora Borealis and the Sun

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Starts: Wednesday, 16 June 2021 at 1:30PM
Ends: Wednesday, 16 June 2021 at 2:30PM
Available spaces: 174

Tutor: Martin Lunn

Our local star, the Sun, dominates everything in the solar system. Worshipped as a god from the earliest of times, at one stage astronomers believed that people lived inside the Sun! Today our knowledge of the Sun has dramatically increased. The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are caused by flares coming from the Sun and striking the Earth. However, there is a potential danger because if these flares are powerful enough they can overload the very sensitive electronic equipment we rely on today. It has happened in the past and will probably happen again in the future.

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