The Solar System

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Prof. Lyndsay Fletcher "Living With a Star"

On the 6th of September 2017 a colossal blast of energy and radiation was unleashed from the solar atmosphere. It was among the most powerful solar flares in modern times, comparable to the famous 'Carrington' event of 1859 which caused dramatic effects on the communications systems of the time. Such large flares are rare, but flares of all sizes are a common occurrence when the Sun is active, and are thought to be caused by the Sun shedding the excess magnetic energy that builds up in its atmosphere.

Using observations from space-based and ground-based instruments, this talk will discuss how we observe and understand flares, their causes and effects on Earth, and what the likelihood is that the Sun will produce a 'superflare', such as are observed on other solar-like stars.

Glasgow Science Centre is proud to host the David Elder Lectures in partnership with the University of Strathclyde's Department of Physics.

When is this on?

Tuesday 8th May 20:00

This event is available as a standalone event. The tickets can be purchased below

About the Planetarium


The Planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre has been upgraded to a spectacular, state-of-the-art, fulldome digital projection system (what a mouthful!). Our shows are live presenter-led or film based to take you on a journey through the solar system, into the Milky Way Galaxy and beyond, offering a truly out-of-this-world experience. Our spectacular full dome films display 360 degrees across the 15-metre hemispherical dome of the planetarium. It really is spellbinding stuff.