scoop.co.nz 23 Mar, 2021 06:00 am

Solar Tsunamis Project Launches… Literally

Solar Tsunamis Project Launches… Literally
Timed to coincide with the Equinox, Viva Expeditions two aurora-hunting flights departed from Christchurch on both Saturday and Sunday. The flights followed paths that were carefully crafted by Otago Museum’s Director – and resident aurora-chaser ...

The flights followed paths that were carefully crafted by Otago Museum’s Director – and resident aurora-chaser – Dr Ian Griffin.Accompanying Dr Griffin will be two Otago Museum staff, as well as expert astronomers and astrophysicists, who were on hand to answer questions about how aurorae happen and why they matter to us here on earth.And as the research progresses, Otago Museum’s Science Engagement team will travel the country to facilitate communities’ and iwi engagement with the research and the results.Toni Hoeta, Otago Museum’s Science Engagement Coordinator Māori, who is working on the Solar Tsunami project said, “Here in Aotearoa, we grew up with wonderful stories about the world around us, from Māui slowing Tamanuiterā (atua of the sun) to the various strengths of the children of Ranginui and Papatūānuku.

Scoop i Culture Solar Tsunamis Project Launches… Literally Timed to coincide with the Equinox, Viva Expeditions two aurora-hunting flights departed from Christchurch on both Saturday and Sunday.Solar Tsunamis is a five-year endeavour to understand, and prepare for, the potential range of impacts of solar activity on our daily lives.

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