CCF6 – The sun and China’s solar observatories
Wednesday 24 February 2021
Dr Jiajia LIU (Research Fellow, School of Mathematics and Physics, QUB)
The Sun, as the only star in the solar system, plays vital roles in determining the short-term and long-term evolution of the Earth’s climate, ecosystem, magnetic field, and the terrestrial environment. Flares and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) from the Sun could carry energy equivalent to that released by 1 TRILLION nuclear bombs. They can cause severe socio-economic damage by affecting the operation and working of high-tech facilities like spacecraft, threatening the health of astronauts, causing disruption in functioning of modern communication systems (including radio, TV and mobile signals), navigation systems, and affecting the working of pipelines and power grids. In this talk, I will introduce modern solar observations and the ongoing efforts of China in building state-of-the-art solar observatories.
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