Monday, February 12

Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua Community House

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Until a century ago, space weather only affected humans in the form of aurora light shows. Times have changed and our technologically-dependent society faces new vulnerabilities due to Earth’s space environment. Storms of magnetized plasma (ultra-hot protons and electrons) that erupt from the sun on a nearly daily basis. Such “ordinary” space weather costs the global economy tens of billions of dollars each year. An inevitable solar superstorm could be catastrophic and its possible impact motivates scientists to understand the root causes of space weather hazards.

Dr. Sarah Gibson will describe the underlying, powerful forces at play across space and time: from sun to Earth, and from space weather to space climate.

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Gibson is a senior scientist at the High Altitude Observatory (HAO) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and section head of HAO’s Solar Frontiers section. Her research centers on solar drivers of the terrestrial environment, from short-term space weather drivers such as solar eruptions and flares, to long-term solar-cycle variation. Dr. Gibson has been a scientific editor for the Astrophysical Journal and is currently vice president of the International Astronomical Union Division E (Sun and Heliosphere).

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