‘What is Space Weather?’ talk planned at Bay College

IRON MOUNTAIN – Bay College’s winter 2014 Math Science Colloquia series continues with a free presentation at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 in room MS122 (with iTV link to West Campus 107).

Bay College physics instructor Dr. Matt Krynicki will speak about space weather.

The term “space weather” is being heard more and more often in everyday dialogue on television news broadcasts and among the general media. But what does the term actually mean? The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website provides this definition: The term “space weather” was coined not long ago to describe the dynamic conditions in the Earth’s outer space environment, in the same way that “weather” and “climate” refer to conditions in Earth’s lower atmosphere. Space weather includes any and all conditions and events on the sun, in the solar wind, in near-Earth space and in our upper atmosphere that can affect space-borne and ground-based technological systems and through these, human life and endeavor. Heliophysics is the science of space weather.

So, what does all that mean? Matt Krynicki will explain in greater detail the physics that goes into understanding space weather phenomena, examples of space weather phenomena and the possible consequences of future extreme space weather events.

Krynicki received his bachelor of science degree from Wayne State University in Detroit with a major in physics and minors in mathematics and English literature. He then went on to pursue his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, graduating in May of 2006.

His graduate research at UAF focused on ground-based measurements of upper-atmospheric vertical winds (and temperatures) at altitudes of 100 300 km and on space-based measurements of upper-atmospheric composition disturbances associated with these vertical winds. He has been teaching physics at Bay de Noc Community College since August of 2006.