Solar storm briefing and highly informative Q&A by Dr. Tamitha Skov

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This highly informative solar storm briefing and Q&A session was made by Dr. Tamitha Skov also known as Space Weather Woman. Dr. Skov is a credentialed space weather forecaster, helping the public understand the effects of space weather on our daily lives since 2013.  She works primarily in the fields of solar and space physics research and in the testing of spacecraft materials in realistic space radiation environments.

In the video, Dr. Skov analyzes the recent X2.2 solar flare, its coronal mass ejection (CME), and the geomagnetic storm that turned out to be a fizzle. She then explains what to expect in the days ahead by examining the far side of the sun, demonstrating tools and websites that anyone can access to stay informed about space weather events.

What’s great about Dr. Skov’s video is that she explains complicated terms and graphs in a way that anyone can understand, even if you’re not a space weather expert. She covers a wide range of topics and provides a lot of valuable information on how to analyze events.

The Q&A portion of the video provides a unique opportunity to gain insight from an experienced space weather forecaster on fascinating topics, such as the effects geomagnetic storms have on human health and equatorial aurora.

One of the most interesting parts of the video is when she discusses red aurora, Earth’s weakening magnetic field, the South Atlantic Anomaly, and the upcoming Earth’s magnetic pole flip. If you’re interested in any of these topics or have seen others discussing them, you definitely don’t want to miss this video.

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Featured image: South Atlantic Anomaly in 2015. Credit: Fei He et al./National Science Review

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