Attention: Early Evening Producer
Thursday, June 21
5-8 p.m EDT
10-minute windows with B-roll
Recent solar activity spectacular; scientists study,
track ‘space weather’ to understand how solar flares affect our lives
- Within the last three months, solar scientists have seen some of
the largest solar flare eruptions since the 1970s some even
interfered with satellite transmissions.
- These occurred during the solar max, a period of increased activity
that occurs every 11 years.
- Increased solar activity impacts satellites, telecommunications
and power distribution.
- Experts study these events to better predict how solar flares affect
- Researchers will watch this week’s total solar eclipse over the
Southern Hemisphere for a clearer view of solar eruptions only seen
during an eclipse.
- A NASA scientist has developed more reliable solar forecasting techniques
that could help in better predictions about space "weather"
the natural events in space that affect us on Earth.
- Talk to him about why the study of the Sun is important to all of
Dr. David Hathaway
Solar Physics Group Leader
Marshall Space Flight Center
85 degrees west longitude,
Frequency: 3880 MHz, audio: 6.8 MHz.
(256) 544-3234 or
Steve Roy, Media Relations