Space Weather: Connections Between the Sun and the Solar System
Friday 10/22/2021
2:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
K-12 Formal and Informal Educators 
 

What would you do if your GPS stopped working properly or if your power went out? 

Space Weather is a relatively recent term that refers to conditions in space, which may have detrimental impacts on Earth’s technology as well as our astronauts.  Components of space weather include coronal mass ejections, which are composed of charged particles from the Sun that travel at high rates of speed; solar flares, bright flashes of light that are composed mostly of X rays; and planetary magnetic fields.  Space weather can cause power blackouts (happened in 1989), radio disruptions, GPS inaccuracies, satellite image degradation, and even corrosion in pipelines.  Solar cycle 25 (what does that mean?!) is just beginning; the possibility of space weather will increase.  At the end of this webinar, you will understand how government and civilian preparations for space-weather impacts will enable us to “weather the storm”.