10th talk in the Patrick Moore Series!!
I have to say I’m really proud to announce the 10th talk in the public lecture series that I’m one of the organizers of at the University of Birmingham…
Our next public talk is to take place on the 8th May at 7:30pm
The 10th “Patrick Moore” lecture
Dr Mike Hapgood (Space Environment Group; Rutherford Appleton Laboratory)
“Space Weather and Lunar Exploration”
OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
The talk starts at 7:30pm on Thursday 8th May
Poynting Physics S02 (LLT)
Snacks and tea in the Study lounge from 7pm before the talk
If clear, sky viewing with telescopes with the help of Astrosoc members after the talk
The Moon is embedded in the space plasma environments that surround the Earth. As a result, it is exposed to a range of space weather effects including radiation, electrical charging and electromagnetic induction. These effects have profound implications for lunar exploration. Radiation is a health hazard to human explorers but also poses a risk to robots by disrupting and damaging electronic devices. Electrical charging of the lunar surface poses several problems. It is thought to be the primary process driving the transport of lunar dust above and across the lunar surface, so studies of charging underpin studies of the threat that dust poses to lunar exploration. Electrical charging is also a direct threat to systems deployed on the lunar surface since it may induce electrical discharges that can disrupt or damage electronic devices in those systems. Electromagnetic induction inside the Moon arises when it is exposed to large scale changes in the electric and magnetic fields embedded in the space plasma environment. It poses little or no immediate risk to exploration activities as the systems to be deployed on the Moon are fairly small, but it can be exploited as a tool for exporation of the lunar interior. The talk will review these effects and discuss how they change with the natural cycles of solar activity and the Moon’s orbital motion. It will also discuss the Apollo experience of these effects and show how it influences of our current understanding. Finally, the talk will look ahead and highlight some important lessons for future exploration.
Mike Hapgood is Head of the Space Environment Group at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire. He has a long involvement in solar-terrestrial physics and space weather. He has worked on the ESA Cluster project for many years and is lead scientist for the ESA-funded Cluster operations centre at RAL. He has also led several ESA studies on space weather projects and is current Chair of the ESA Space Weather Working Team. He also served on the recent BNSC Space Exploration Working Group. His current interests include the impact of space weather on lunar exploration and the application of space plasma concepts in other astrophysical environments.
This series of talks is funded by STFC http://www.scitech.ac.uk/, (Public
Understanding of Science grant), and is organised by the School of Physics
and Astronomy http://www.ph.bham.ac.uk and the Astronomical Society of UoB
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