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What’s happening to Earth’s magnetic field?

20 November 2013
19:00

iThemba LABS Public Lecture

earths magnetic fieldWhat’s happening to Earth’s magnetic field?

Presented by Dr Pieter Kotzé is a research physicist at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA)

What is the status of Earth’s magnetic field? What shields us from harmful energetic particles from outer space? What changes in the geomagnetic field, due to the sun’s solar activities, result in space weather effects that can influence our quality of life? This lecture will focus on these and other fascinating solar phenomena.

Dr Pieter Kotzé is a research physicist at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). His research activities are in the fields of solid-earth geomagnetism, in particular the time-varying characteristics of the geomagnetic field of southern Africa, as well as geomagnetic storms resulting from the solar wind’sinteraction with the Earth’s magnetic field. Dr Kotzé is head of the Geomagnetism Group at the Space Science Directorate of SANSA and chairs the International Association for Geomagnetism and Aeronomy Division VWorking Group on Magnetic Observations.

RSVP: 021 975 4052 or belinda@cadizstreet.co.za
More info: www.tlabs.ac.za
Light refreshments will be served