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August 12, 2014

"Aurora, Airglow, and You: Exploring the Earth's Space Weather"

Join us at SRI for a conversation with

Asti Bhatt, Ph.D., and
Elizabeth Kendall, Ph.D.
SRI International

August 12, 2014
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Doors open at 5:15

SRI Menlo Park
Middlefield Road at Ringwood
International Building
Open to all – Free of charge

 Click here for map and directions
Do not park at SRI's main entrance at 333 Ravenswood Ave. Entrances to Conference Center parking are next to the church on Ravenswood and at Ringwood and Middlefield.

Weather on earth -- such as thunderstorms, lightning, humidity, and drought -- has a large impact on our everyday existence and is part of our daily conversations. However, there is also "space weather", which is characterized by numerous phenomena, including hurricane-force winds, large temperature variations, and large-scale storms.

Space weather is complicated by the presence of electric fields in earth's upper atmosphere, as well as earth's magnetic field. The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) and airglow are two of the most visible manifestations of space weather. Besides offering some of the most spectacular sights on earth, these phenomena can also help us understand and characterize space weather.

But why should we study space weather? Just as low-altitude meteorology affects critical functions on earth such as transport and communication, space weather affects all space-based communication and navigation systems, including cellphones and GPS. Considering our increasing dependence on space-based communication, we are increasingly at the mercy of space weather to ensure delivery of seamless, safe communication and navigation signals. However, compared to meteorology, space weather has sparse observational data dating back only a few decades.

SRI space weather scientists Elizabeth Kendall and Asti Bhatt will discuss what space weather is, how it affects our daily lives, and the all-sky imaging method they use to detect space weather's impact on earth.

Learn about SRI's Center for Geospace Studies.

Café Scientifique events are open to all free of charge. No reservations are necessary.

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Join us at SRI in Menlo Park
We are delighted that SRI International is the host location for Cafe Scientifique. SRI is an excellent partner, providing us with a beautiful, large, flexible meeting space, supporting us with highly professional staff and making expert researchers available as guest speakers.

Coffee, tea and biscotti will be complimentary, provided by SRI
Bring your own mug if you wish to avoid using disposable cups.

Café Scientifique is a place where anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. The Café provides a forum for debating science issues outside a traditional academic context. We are committed to promoting public engagement with science and to making science accountable - all spoken in plain English. There is no admission charge to attend our events. Building on its great success outside the United States, Café Scientifique Silicon Valley is the first such Café on the West Coast.  We meet monthly to discuss a variety of science topics.