Solar Flares

Guest: Justin Kasper, PhD, Space and Planetary Physicist, Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, University of Michigan

Periodically, the sun burps out giant bursts of radiation, and sometimes they hit the earth dead on. The last time a really big one happened like that, compasses went on the fritz and telegraph communications was out for days. But that was in the 1800s. Today we rely on so much more technology that a major solar flare could be catastrophic.

Listen here.