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Mon, 02 Sept

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Institute of Astronomy

The aurora and space weather

We've seen some amazing aurora this year. This month we'll be explaining how aurora are generated and where they can be seen - on earth and on other planets. We'll also be discussing the impact that space weather can have on life on earth!

The aurora and space weather
The aurora and space weather

Time & Location

02 Sept 2024, 19:15 – 21:00

Institute of Astronomy, Madingley Rd, Cambridge CB3 0HA, UK

About The Event

One of the most amazing and beautiful natural phenomena, the aurora borealis and the aurora australis light up the skies above earth whenever the electro-magnetic particles from the sun are channeled down into our atmosphere.  The strength of the aurora varies and the colours and shapes we see change dramatically.  There are many ancient legends associated with the aurora, and they have sometimes been linked to electro-magnetic calamities (such as the Carrington event).  This month we will talk about how the aurora occur, what effect the associated space weather can have on earth and also how aurora occur on other planets.

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