McMurdo Speaker Series: Antarctica, Space & Lasers (Oh my!) Intro to Space Weather

Join McMurdo scientist, Arunima Prakash, from McMurdo Station in Antarctica! Learn what space weather is, how it's measured, and why we study it with the help of amazing photos of the aurora and space at night plus meaningful questions from classrooms around the country.

This video is a recording of a live stream from McMurdo, Antarctica and is presented in partnership with Exploring by the Seat of your Pants

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About the Speaker

Arunima Prakash, an aerospace PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder, is studying polar mesospheric clouds - Earth’s highest clouds and their relation to the Sun and the polar vortex effects under Xinzhao Chu at the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder. At McMurdo, Arunima will be training and learning lidar operations to lead the next winter season in 2023. She recently was recognized at the 2022 International Laser Radar Conference for best student oral presentation and won second place in the student poster competition at the Coupling, Energetics and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions Program workshop in June. Arunima will soon be publishing the presented results in her journal paper.

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