Solar Flare

April 13, 2018

Doomsday by solar flare?  Let's ask one of Australia’s most fabulous science communicators – Dr Alice Williamson - who also has intel on Switzerland's secret bunkers!  





Our esteemed guest


Dr Alice Williamson Alice Williamson is a chemistry lecturer and researcher at The University of Sydney. In 2015, she was named as one of ABC RN and UNSW’s Top 5 Under 40 in a nationwide search for Australia’s next generation of scientific communicators. Alice hosts a weekly science segment, Up and Atom on FBi Radio in Sydney and is a regular guest on Dr Karl's Shirtloads of Science podcast. She's also jolly good fun!



And get this:


Pics of an actual Swiss bunker from our uber groovy audio editor Tiff Dimmack. The bunker is used by indie/pop/rock band '7 Dollar Taxi' for jamming.




Very cool website:


Here you can get the low down on all things space weather like Auroral oval, Hemispheric Power, KP Index...and solar flares.



Episode citations for your inner geek:


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Economist, T. (2010) Clunkers in space. 


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Szabo, A. and A. Y. Curators: Robert Candey, Tamara Kovalick. "Coronal Mass Ejections." Retrieved 27.03.18  from


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Ying D. Liu et al (2014). "Observations of an extreme storm in interplanetary space caused by successive coronal mass ejections." Nature Communications volume 5, (Article number: 3481 ).



Wikipedia (2017). "Low Earth Orbit."


Wikipedia (2017). "Geocentric orbit."


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