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Public Lecture and DVD


" Extreme Space Weather! "


By Dr Sophie A. Murray
(School of Physics Trinity College Dublin)

Monday March 12th

About the Lecture

Could an explosion on the Sun cause major damage to human civilisation? In 1989 six million Canadians were plunged into darkness in 90 seconds for 9 hours by such an event.

In 1859, long before national electricity grids, a far bigger once-in-a-century event electrocuted telegraph operators; and even bigger events than that ARE possible but, thankfully, we have not seen one in the modern digital era, yet.

Would a 1859-event, or bigger, wreck all power grids and communications, and effectively END modern western civilisation?

Scarily, it IS possible! But researchers like Dr Murray are working to predict and survive such an event. But how ready are we?

About the lecture "Extreme Space Weather: origins, forecasting, and mitigation" Dr Murray writes:
Space weather describes the dynamic conditions in Earth's outer space environment in the same way that weather refers to conditions in Earth's lower atmosphere. Whilst everyday space weather will not be noticeable on a daily basis, a severe space weather event can significantly impact a multitude of vital ground- and space- based technologies and infrastructure on which we depend as part of our daily lives. This talk will explore the origins of space weather at our magnetic Sun, potential impacts on Earth, and the steps we are taking to mitigate severe events.


About the Lecturer


Sophie Murray is a solar physicist and space weather scientist, with her research interests focused on better understanding the solar source of space weather events in order to better predict their impact on Earth. After completing a PhD in solar physics at Trinity College Dublin, Sophie worked as a Research Scientist at the Met Office, the UK's national meteorological service.

Collaborating with scientists, forecasters, policy makers, and end users, she transitioned basic science to operational space weather forecasting products. Now a Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Sophie is currently developing improved solar eruptive warning tools using state-of-the-art techniques established by the terrestrial weather community.


After the lecture there will be a social reception in The Lombard and we encourage all of you to come along for a chat.
All are welcome to attend and free food will be kindly provided by The Lombard.

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A prize draw will be held after the lecture.


Booking Information

Date Monday 12th March
Subject to change - please check back later
Time 8:00p.m.

Physics Bldg, Physics Department , Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin.
There is an entrance on Lincoln Place (not far from the Merrion Square end of TCD). If you get the DART or bus to Pearse St, or drive. Use the Science Gallery entrance on Pearse Street (near the corner with Westland Row) There are maps here:  Here

Parking: Mark Street , Marks Lane , Lombard St. East .

Free Parking on the above streets after 7pm
Click HERE for a building map of Trinity College campus
Click HERE for Map of area

Admission €10 (€5 Astronomy Ireland members and concessions)
Tickets where possible should be booked in advance. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night, please come along 15 minutes early to accommodate.

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This lecture is also available to people nationwide on DVD.
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Alternatively post a Cheque or postal order to: Astronomy Ireland, PO. Box 2888, Dublin 5.
Cost: DVD's cost €10 each incl P&P (€5 Astronomy Ireland members)

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Acknowledgment: Astronomy Ireland would like to thank the TCD Astrophysics Research Group for hosting AI public lectures in Trinity College Dublin.

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