Miho Janvier: Lessons from a solar storm chaser
TED Fellow Miho Janvier studies the the Sun -- in particular the origin of phenomena called "solar storms" which can impact planets in the solar system. Full bio
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you left the heater on all night.
none of them are working.
of a zombie apocalypse movie.
in the Canadian province of Quebec,
in the neighborhood of an active star.
to study these solar storms.
where they come from,
on human societies,
exploration age 50 years ago only,
in our Solar System
that are coming from the Sun
patterns here on Earth
affected by solar storms
the northern or southern lights,
by our planet's natural shield,
on the right side.
can still be responsible
telecommunications and operations,
systems, such as GPS,
on which us humans rely more and more.
without a working cell phone --
than the zombie apocalypse.
the solar storms come from.
of energy is being stored.
hanging above the solar surface,
atmosphere of the Sun,
up to around 10 million degrees Kelvin.
the behavior of these storms
of the story, though.
are moving in space,
encounter space probes
in order to explore other worlds.
for example, planets,
have been made
cosmic meteorological stations
of these space storms.
gather and analyze this data
locations of the Solar System.
shows that, actually,
as solar storms move away from the Sun.
to predict space weather.
with this beautiful image.
and its storms every day,
for this beautiful planet --
with an invisible magnetic shield
ABOUT THE SPEAKERMiho Janvier - Space physicist
TED Fellow Miho Janvier studies the the Sun -- in particular the origin of phenomena called "solar storms" which can impact planets in the solar system.
Why you should listen
Miho Janvier is a space physicist at the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, France. Her work focuses on the understanding of when solar flares occur, how solar storms travel in space and how they impact planetary environments in the solar system and other star systems. In a nutshell, she works towards a better prediction of "space weather," with a goal of better understanding the influence of the Sun's activity on human societies. She uses data from space missions from NASA, ESA and JAXA as well as develop 3D computer models of solar eruptions.
Janvier is involved as the deputy project scientist on the instrument SPICE as well as a scientific co-Investigator on the instrument EUI on board Solar Orbiter, the next European Space Agency mission to explore the winds and storms coming out from the Sun. Her passion for astrophysics and science communication has led her to partner with the movie production company TreeHouse Digital Ltd to develop a 360 degrees experience of a solar storm using science data and VFX. This video runs in virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift or Youtube 360, with a goal of educating the public about space science.
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