Speaker: Dr Helen Mason OBE
Several solar spacecraft have been observing the Sun over the past few years: SoHO, Stereo, Hinode, SDO and most recently IRIS. We now have detailed images and movies of the Sun,which show that it is very complex and dynamic. This talk will review what we have learnt about our Sun from these space observations, in particular what we know about solar activity and solar flares, together with the impact that the Sun can have on the Earth's environment (space weather).
Dr Helen Mason is a solar scientist at the University of Cambridge. She has worked on many solar space projects in the UV and X-ray wavelength ranges (most recently: SoHO, Hinode, SDO and IRIS). In 2014, Helen was awarded an OBE for her services to Higher Education and to Women in Science, Engineering and Technology. She has participated in many outreach projects and given science presentations to audiences at many venues, including the Royal Institution. She has participated in several TV programs, most recently BBC4's 'Seven Ages of Starlight'. She leads the Sun|trek project (www.suntrek.org) which explores the Sun and its effects on the Earth.
Refreshments served half an hour before the lecture.