Episode 10: Stars behaving badly!

with Dr Priscilla Muheki and Prof Hakeem Oluseyi

We are joined by two experts in stellar astronomy, Dr Priscilla Muheki from Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda and Distinguished Professor Hakeem Oluseyi from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Priscilla talks about her PhD research in Uganda studying violent outbursts, known as coronal mass ejections, from certain types of stars.

This animation shows a solar tsunami expanding out from an active region just after a solar flare on July 14, 2000. Credits: ESA/NASA/SOHO

Hakeem then goes on the explain these coronal mass ejections and the violent magnetic fields associated with them, and what effect they may have on both our technology and our entire planet!

Hakeem also talks about his visit to South Africa to assist in forming the African Astronomical Society (AfAS) and the incredible achievements of the South African National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) which has produced over 150 MSc Students and 90 PhD’s!

Solar Cycle Prediction. 

Episode Links:
Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda: https://www.must.ac.ug/
Hakeem Oluseyi: https://www.fit.edu/faculty-profiles/4/hakeem-oluseyi/
AfAS: https://www.africanastronomicalsociety.org
NASSP: https://www.star.ac.za/

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