BBC Sky at Night Magazine Virtual Events

We will be hosting a regular programme of virtual events with fascinating speakers that will take place online and be available to view globally. Find out more about our schedule below and scroll to the bottom for more future events.

Storms on the Sun: what will a new solar cycle bring?  

Lucie Green BBC Sky at Night Magazine sun solar science webinar

Speaker Lucie Green

Date Thursday 27 May 2021, 7pm BST

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Late last year, scientists announced that out nearest star, the Sun, had started to show signs of increased activity and that a new solar cycle was underway – the 25th since records began.

In this talk, solar physicist Professor Lucie Green will look into what drives the solar cycle, the regular pattern of activity our star goes through from slumber to turbulence, on average every 11 years. Delving deep beneath its visible surface she will explain the mechanisms within the Sun’s superheated sphere that drive these changes.

She’ll describe the signs that scientists look for in announcing the start of the new solar cycle, and the effect that this increased solar activity has on planet Earth and its inhabitants, picking out events from the solar record when the strong solar weather of previous solar cycles directly impacted life on Earth.

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A solar flare captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, 3 April 2017 (Credit: NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory)
A solar flare captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, 3 April 2017 (Credit: NASA/GSFC/Solar Dynamics Observatory)

Also covered will be the missions observing the Sun from space, a fleet of spacecraft that includes the newly launched ESA Solar Orbiter and NASA Parker Solar Probe – the latter orbiting closer than ever before to the Sun’s seething surface and sending back spectacular insights into events such as solar flares and sunspots.

And there will also be a look ahead at whether it’s possible, at this early stage in solar cycle 25’s progress, to predict how strong a peak it will have and when it will be.

As always, you’ll be able to submit your questions throughout the talk to be answered live in the second part of the presentation.

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About the speaker

Lucie Green is a Professor of Physics and a Royal Society University Research Fellow based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics, where she studies activity in the atmosphere of our nearest star, the Sun. She has a particular interest in looking at immense magnetic fields in the Sun’s atmosphere which sporadically erupt into the Solar System, and how they can drive major space weather events here on Earth. 

Active in public engagement with science, she sits on the Advisory Board for the Science Museum, is Chief Stargazer at the Society for Popular Astronomy, and has been a regular guest on The Sky at Night on BBC TV. Her popular science book, 15 Million Degrees: Journey to the Centre of the Sun, is published by Penguin and looks at the history and current activities in solar physics.

Upcoming BBC Sky at Night Magazine virtual events

How to observe and photograph the Sun safely

Speaker Pete Lawrence

Date Thursday 1 July 2021, 7pm BST

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Observing the Sun is a great opportunity to watch the dynamic nature of a star up close, and there are many ways to see solar detail while protecting your eyes from its powerful brightness.

Expert solar imager and presenter on The Sky at Night Pete Lawrence is your guide to safe solar observing, showing what can be viewed with everything from simple eclipse glasses to astro-imaging setups with specialist optical filters.

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