Most days in Manchester are grey and rainy, but last week, we had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Lucie Green who brightened up our day with her talk on our planet’s closest star – the sun.
Dr. Lucie’s work is specifically on coronal mass ejections (CME) which are eruptionscaused by immense magnetic fields that occur on the sun. She showed us some extraordinary videos of the activity between pairs of sunspots which act as opposite poles of magnetic fields where these CMEs occur. These activities on the sun have an impact on us. Disruptions in our electricity grids, pigeons getting lost and the northern lights are just some of the examples of the effects these CMEs have on our planet. (more…)