Decoding the Northern Lights

15 September 2022 - 11:00

Vijay Patel Building, Lecture Theatre 4.05, De Montfort Uni

Event duration: 60 minutes

Between Earth's magnetic field and space there is a cavity known as the magnetosphere. When material, known as plasma, enters the magnetosphere we see beautiful technicolour patterns, many of you may know as the Northern Lights.

These patterns have been the inspiration for music, literature and film, but did you know they can tell us a huge amount about how our atmosphere interacts with space? 


Join Maria-Theresia Walach from Lancaster University for her Physical Sciences and Mathematics Award Lecture. She will explain how she is using the Northern Lights to develop better computer models to help understand our atmosphere and uncover exciting secrets.