It missed us by 9 days

It missed us by 9 days

Solar superstorms and Aurora Science in Alaska
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24 Responses

  1. Neuro Transmissions says:

    We saw an aurora corona event when we visited Sweden this last winter and it honestly blew me off my feet. It was probably one of the coolest things I’ve seen in my life. If it’s gonna be even stronger in three years or so…I may need to find my way up north again!

    • S.W.H. BOYCE says:

      @EviLLivE Clan …too late !!…What to watch ? Broad Topix (You Tube )

    • Wilson Mpesha says:

      @darkracer125 But it is still relevant and informative.

    • darkracer125 says:

      @Wilson Mpesha
      it has nothing to do with the increased solar activity. or the chances of earth getting hit by a cme.
      wich is the topic of this video.

    • darkracer125 says:

      @Parker Hess the weaker our magnetic field. the LESSER we are going to see the northern lights.
      without a magnetic field. no northern lights. (instead we’d just get bombarded with the radiation directly)

    • darkracer125 says:

      @Sleekoduck though it kindof does. because if this were to happen when our magnatic field was at it’s weakest.
      then i wouldn’t step out into the sun the next morning. unless you have spf5000 or something

  2. Apalapse says:

    I took my girlfriend Alice to see the Northern lights but she didn’t seem interested, so I asked, “Does the Aurora Bore you Alice?”

  3. Apalapse says:

    Current solar physics intern here studying CMEs! I’m actually going to school for space weather as well! I have to say, great video, and I’m very glad you made it! This was really factual and better than 99% of the videos I see on YouTube on solar flares and CMEs. 7:32 is such a great idea of what the aurora is “doing,” and something I have used to explain the processes in the magnetosphere and energy transfer to newcomers in the field.

    One criticism, G1 is really nothing for power grids, and unless you’re a satellite operator you probably don’t need to worry. Even G5 is not a big deal, we’ve hit G5 without major power grid issues before… but the problem is that after G5 there’s no way to “categorize” solar storms based on KPI alone, you would have to look at other measurements like DST, AE, etc. It’s like an F5 tornado – you don’t know the difference between a strong F5 and a weak F5 just by saying, “it’s an F5.” The 1989 storm is a great example of how GICs (ground-induced currents) can cause transformers to become overloaded, burning them out if they’re “wet” transformers (older transformers that have water contaminated in the oil, creating boiling water bubbles that shred paper insulation between coils, sparking fires).

    • Jo Smith says:

      That’s awesome! As an amateur astronomer, I really appreciate your comment about space weather. Not my main area of interest within the science of astronomy and astrophysics, but certainly a very important one to study and prepare for. I wish you success in your studies and career, wherever it takes you.

    • Apalapse says:

      @CarFreak I’m doing the Millersville SWEN program which is just a grad certificate. After that I plan on doing my Ph.D. at either UCLA, UNH, CU Boulder, UAF, University of Michigan, or U of Iowa! Those universities all have really good space physics programs.

    • CarFreak says:

      @John Barnes Our job is to literally question everything lol, that’s what science is…

  4. Paul Pence says:

    Was in my mid 20’s when the March/1989 storm hit. Lived about 50 miles north of Indianapolis, the sky was multiple times as lit as your video. It was insane!!! Very awesome to witness…

  5. Espen Fredrick says:

    I just want to jump in and say I’m currently doing my PhD in space physics, and it’s so cool to see that you’re doing a video on the exact topic I’m doing research in! Thanks so much for this video!

  6. jpierce2l33t says:

    It’s the way she gets so excited explaining things to people for me. Love it!

  7. Hansang Bae says:

    The joke at the end. LOL. And loved the “Ohhhh Dogs!” moment. I hope to make it to Iceland or Tromso, Norway for an AB show one of these days!

  8. Alden says:

    It’s adorkable how excited you get about physics. Your way of explaining what are actually quite complex concepts in a way that’s relatable and accessible to everyone, while not being patronizing or talking down, makes your videos some of the most entertaining and enjoyable on YouTube.

  9. dedge511 says:

    Your content is amazing. The work that you do and the genuine interest that you have is admirable.

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