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What is "Space Weather's" Effect on Our Planet

Sun Image from CU Boulder NOAA

In this episode of Cool Science Radio Dan Seaton joins the conversation about the relationship between and sun and the earth. Dan is a University of Colorado NOAA Scientist. The words "Space Weather" may conjure up images of intergalactic tornadoes and star filled blizzards, but it actually refers to the electrically charged particles and radiation from the sun. After a few quiet years, our sun is once again rampining up with activity. What does that mean for us here on earth?

Lynn Ware Peek is a long-time contributor to KPCW. She joined the station in 2008 with Tales from the Wasatch Back, was a reporter from 2012 to 2016, and co-hosts and produces two of KPCW’s Public Affairs Hour shows, The Mountain Life, on health and lifestyle, on Wednesdays and Cool Science Radio, tackling science and technology every Thursday.
John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Cronkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.