8pm Friday 16th March we have our Jacquie Milner continuing her beginners talk introduction to space weather, this time on "Geomagnetic Storms".
Last month we focused on the Sun and solar activity, but this month is all about what happens when that solar output reaches Earth. While aurorae are the most obvious effect of increased solar activity, there are other less obvious (and more unwelcome) effects that occur, ones that have important impacts on our increasingly electrical-reliant society. We will also take a look back in history to the Carrington Event of 1859, and why it’s been rescued from an interesting footnote in astronomical history to be held aloft as a portent of apocalyptic doom in recent times.
This is what happened in 1989 when a geomagnetic storm cooked the Salem New Jersey Nuclear Plant GSU Transformer! pic.twitter.com/LjOQpF1qhd— Mount Burnett Observatory (@MBObservatory) March 16, 2018
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