Public Event

Mini Magnetospheres

Date: 15 Jun 2015
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: P/L/001, Physics and Electronics Building at the University of York

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One of the biggest dangers while travelling in space is exposure to potentially lethal bursts of radiation from the Sun. These can flare up during periods of increased solar activity known as solar storms. Dr Ruth Bamford, from RAL Space, will be talking about how to protect astronauts with Star Trek style deflector shields, and the importance of these shields on future manned missions to Mars.

Dr Bamford is a lead space and fusion plasma physicist at RAL Space at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

The talk will begin at 7pm with an awards presentation for the winners of the Astrophotography competition. The 'Big Telescopes' exhibition will also be open before and after the talk from 6pm - 9.30pm.

This event is part of the York Festival of Ideas. Check out yorkfestivalofideas.com/2015 for lots more exciting events.

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