Dr Chris DavisStorms from the Sun

Project Scientist for Heliospheric Imagers, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory


Chris started his research career by studying the Earth's aurora borealis (northern lights) and has been moving sunward ever since. He is currently the Project Scientist for the Heliospheric Imagers on board the NASA STEREO mission, studying the Sun.These UK-built wide-field cameras have revolutionised our ability to image the solar wind.

Chris is also one of the co-creators of Solar Stormwatch, a citizen science project in which over 20,000 members of the public use data from the STEREO mission to predict the arrival of solar storms at Earth. In his spare time, Chris enjoys baking and plays drums for a band called Dumber Than Chickens.

Our Sun is a variable star which varies in activity over the course of an eleven year cycle. This activity cycle generates enormous eruptions of material from the Sun that, if they reach Earth, generate spectacular auroral displays as well as upsetting navigation systems, power grids and radio communications on Earth.

Dr Chris Davis discussed the generation of these storms, describing the consequences of their impact at Earth; charting the latest scientific research that is being carried out to understand this spectacular phenomenon.

Year 10 Career Conference – Monday 2nd July 2012