Santa Clara University

Physics department

Physics Department Colloquia
Fall 2014 Schedule

Friday, November 7
Room 206 Daly Science Building
2:45- 3:55 P.M. 

"Space Weather: What Is It and Why Do You Care?" Dr. Bonnie Valant-Spaight, Propagation Research Associates, Inc.

Wait, space? Yes! Although in Santa Clara the sun is a benign entity that shines gently on the Mission Gardens, it also has a flair for the dramatic. Conditions in space close to the Earth vary from minute to minute due to flares, coronal mass ejections, and energetic particles that are emitted from the sun.  These variations can have a profound effect on human health and technology, in space and on the ground. This talk will give an overview of the emerging discipline and explain why the Federal Emergency Management Agency has recently added space weather to its list of potential natural disasters. Dr. Valant-Spaight will also discuss her development of a "weather map" of certain space weather effects on GPS users.

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