With the invention of the telescope, one of civilization’s greatest instruments, in the early 17th century, Galileo Galilei discovered sunspots. In the 21st century, people are already sending man-made spacecraft to the Sun. What is it like for the Earth to be wrapped in the embrace of the Sun which may impart its temper to our planet? Where does the solar wind go and what causes geomagnetic storms and Aurora Borealis? How can one predict extreme space weather events that directly affect the health of astronauts and the functioning of technical facilities in space and on Earth? Join the lecture to find out what surprises solar processes have in store and how space weather forecasts can influence our earthly plans.
About the speaker:
Tatiana Podladchikova is a PhD in Technical Science and an assistant professor at the Skoltech Space Center (SSC) where she conducts research in solar-terrestrial physics, develops new space weather services and works on interdisciplinary applied projects. Tatiana is a winner of the International Alexander Chizhevsky Medal for Space Weather and Space Climate.