The Sun is our life source, but it's also a massive ball of energy that threatens the technologies we use every day. Giant clouds of charged particles are ejected from the sun into the stratosphere every day. When these particles reach the Earth, they can destroy our telecommunications satellites and blow out our entire electrical grid. Even long-haul commercial flights could be hit!
Miho Janvier, a French physicist supported by the AXA Research Fund, is studying the characteristics of solar flares to better predict them, so that we can protect our electrical and telecommunications infrastructure.
On the occasion of International Sun Day, watch the new episode of the AXA Research Files: