Gallagher EAS SW Talk 29062020.pdf.pdf
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Invited talk at European Astronomical Society Annual Meeting (29 June to 3 July 2020)
LS10 - Astronomy for development
The Sun is an active star that can have impacts on the technologies on which society depends. Adverse "space weather" can damage satellites, interrupt navigation and communication systems, increase radiation doses for astronauts and those on high altitude flights and cause instabilities in power distribution systems. These technological impacts are the direct result of solar phenomena, such as the solar wind, flares, solar energetic particles and coronal mass ejections and their interactions with the Earth's magnetosphere and upper atmosphere. In this talk, I will discuss these transient phenomena, how they impact technology and how we are monitoring and forecasting them in order to give early warning of the potential adverse impacts of space weather on our everyday lives.