RASC Vancouver: Monthly Virtual Meeting

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 13, 2022 - 22:30 to 23:45 EST

Sunny with a chance of electron precipitation: Space Weather and what it means to you

Speaker: Don Hampton, Research Associate Professor
Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

RASC Vancouver


Don is a Research Faculty member at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks. He received an undergraduate degree in Physics at U. Texas, Austin, and Masters and PhD at UAF. He worked 10 years at Ball Aerospace, including as a systems engineer on the instruments for the NASA Deep Impact project to comet Tempel I. He returned to UAF in 2006 and have been working on aspects of aurora research, primarily in optics, but also using radar, satellite and sounding rocket data.


Not only does the sun power our biological and climate world, it also affects the geospace above our atmosphere, by creating an electrically charged region called the ionosphere, drive the aurora and create what is now known as Space Weather. In this talk you will learn about the sources (spoiler alert, it’s the sun), and consequences of space weather and how we study it and try to predict its consequences.

About our Events:

All RASC lectures and observing events are open to the public, family friendly, and there is no charge for admission. Our organization is run entirely by volunteers who love astronomy and astrophysics. Whether you're a complete beginner, a seasoned astronomer, or you hope to work for NASA some day, anyone fascinated by space exploration is welcome and will enjoy our events

Join this event via Zoom on Thursday January 13th, 2021 @ 7:30 pm PST (10:30 EST).