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Flamsteed Astronomy Society

October 2020

Solar flares – the most powerful explosions in the Solar System, by Professor Philippa Browning – ONLINE

October 19 @ 7:15 pm
Professor Philippa Browning

Professor Philippa Browning Solar flares are powerful “explosions” in the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona. They are caused by a rapid release of the energy stored in the strong magnetic field of the corona – the magnetic field lines break in a process known as magnetic reconnection. This heats the gas to temperatures of tens of millions of degrees and creates beams of very high-energy charged particles. The particles and electromagnetic radiation from flares can have significant effects on the Earth…

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