Reaching for the skies radiates success in space

Ray: A burst of solar material leaps off the left side of the sun
Ray: A burst of solar material leaps off the left side of the sun
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The sky is definitely NOT the limit for researchers at Preston’s university.

A team from the University of Central Lancashire has developed a method of tracking solar flare radiation that can be used to warn International Space Station astronauts if harmful radiation is heading their way

Experts based at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute know that solar flares discharge large amounts of particle radiation into space which can disrupt satellite technology and put astronauts - and even air crews - at the risk of radiation exposure.

The UCLan team, with Dr Silvia Dalla and Dr Mike Marsh, recently presented their findings to the international conference of the American Geophysical Union in Mexico

The researchers, from the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute have discovered that solar particle radiation is able to travel large distances across the magnetic field in interplanetary space.

Dr Marsh said: “Coronal mass ejections and solar flares cause the acceleration and ejection of a large amount of particle radiation into interplanetary space.

“While we know that they disrupt human technologies such as satellites, we’ve never fully understood how they travel through space.

“ Our team’s research helps us to understand the movement of solar particle radiation across space, which will help us predict where it will reach and when.

“ This will prove hugely beneficial to various people, not least those living and working in space.”

This discovery will help scientists to understand solar particle radiation events and help to predict whether the radiation will arrive at the Earth,