NEWS LIBRARY NEWS HayWired simulates quake We are grateful for these recent donations to the RAS Library: ● Schrijver C J, Bage- nal F & Sojka J J (eds) 2016 Heliophys- ics: Active Stars, their Atmo spheres, and Impacts on Planetary Environments (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge). GCSE competition ● Gribbin J & Gribbin M 2017 Out winners visit RAS of the Shadow of a Giant: Hooke, Halley & AWARDS The winners of a new RAS the Birth of British competition came to the 9 March Science (William Aerial image showing how the main active traces of the Hayward Fault (red lines) RAS Ordinary Meeting to present their Collins, London). cut through part of the San Francisco Bay area. The main football stadium at the posters and receive their prizes. The ● Catling D C & University of California, Berkeley (oval, centre), is nearly bisected by the fault and competition, sponsored by Winton Kasting J F 2017 has been extensively retrot fi ted to withstand fault offset and shaking. (HayWired) Capital, was open to the 12 students Atmospheric Evolution who had taken the Edexcel Astronomy on Inhabited and DISASTER RECOVERY The US simulated a M7.0 quake on the GCSE and achieved the highest marks Lifeless Worlds Geological Survey and the Hayward fault. The name also nationally. They were invited to pro- (Cambridge Seismic Safety Commission have ree fl cts the signic fi ance of the duce an A3 poster on an astronomical University Press, Cambridge). published the results of a study effects of a quake on communi- topic. The winner was Zachary Place ● Schilling G 2017 simulating the effects of a major cations, notably electrical and (pictured middle, Marlborough Ripples in Spacetime: earthquake in California. As telecoms wires and optical b fi res. College) who received £100 of book Einstein, Gravitational well as the direct seismic effects, The scenario used data from tokens, with runners-up Meg Savage Waves, and the Future the exercise included organiza- recent Californian quakes to (left, Farlington School, £50) and Daniel of Astronomy (Belknap tions responsible for managing assess aftershocks and soil Leboff (right, JFS School, £25). All three Press, London). the diverse secondary effects, liquefaction and from damag- were present to discuss their posters ● Genta G 2017 Next such as public utility companies, ing quakes elsewhere such as with those attending the RAS meet- Stop Mars: the Why, emergency services, communica- that in Nepal in 2015. The goals ings and to chat; all demonstrated How, and When of tions and community support. were to build resilience among excellent command of their subjects. Human Missions The outcomes reinforce the the communities and businesses Zachary addressed the solar dynamo (Springer, Switzer- importance of collaboration and – including many Silicon Valley and the origin of active regions of the land). communication. technology giants – likely to be Sun, Meg tackled cosmic topology and http://www.ras.org.uk/library The HayWired Earthquake affected by such a quake. WMAP results, and Daniel covered the Scenario was named because it http://on.doi.gov/2rdc0me hot topic of transit photometry. EGU receives Swarms of data RAS 200 takes off in Truro MAGNETIC FIELD The European OUTREACH One Geosciences Union annual meet- of the Society’s ing in Vienna saw a major data new bicentenary release from Swarm, ESA’s trio of outreach projects got off to a magnetic el fi d satellites. Not only y fl ing start over Easter, getting has the Swarm team produced Truro residents and tourists alike the best map yet of the magnetic talking about astronomy. e fi ld in the Earth’s lithosphere, it Cornwall Sea to Stars aims to has also mapped the magnetic share astronomy and space sci- e fi ld coming from the oceans, ence with the people of Cornwall. tracked lightning and traced It held its launch event over the atmospheric electric currents. Easter holiday weekend at the “This is the highest resolution Lemon Quay in Truro, highlight- model of the lithospheric mag- Details of Earth’s lithospheric magnetic ing the fishing and navigation netic e fi ld ever produced,” said e fi ld. (ESA/Planetary Visions) heritage of the region. But the Erwan Thebault (University of focus of the events was very Nantes, France). Swarm has also The data also stretched off much on today’s science. On a produced a much bigger and bet- Earth, to the polar cap, mapped breezy but bright Good Friday, Outreach in action in Truro. (M Wrigley) ter map of the rapidly changing in 3D. The Swarm team found alongside the craft market, were e fi ld at the Earth’s core surface. that the vertical electrical current solar telescopes, binoculars, the group’s plans. “The thing I’m Ocean water is salty and so a links to horizontal o fl w in the displays of astronomical images being asked most,” said Clint conductor; Swarm picked up the ionosphere. Swarm also tracked and meteorites and a host of vol- O’Connor, chair of the project, tiny magnetic signal as it moves. space weather, watching the unteers in bright blue jumpsuits “is when can you come to our “We can integrate the motion of evolution of geomagnetic storms, with the Sea to Stars mission school?” Read more online at all the water in the oceans, not and the coupling between the patch. Children were the focus of A&G Forum. just the tides,” said Nils Olsen weather on the ground and space the two-day launch event, with http://cornwallseatostars.org.uk (Technical University of Den- weather, through lightning. an astronomy-themed treasure https://aandg.org/blog/sea-to-stars- mark). “This is new.” https://bit.ly/2ES7HFZ hunt – and their parents liked launches-in-cornwall 3.8 A&G • June 2018 • Vol. 59 • aandg.org Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/astrogeo/article-abstract/59/3/3.8/4995415 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 20 June 2018
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Published: Jun 1, 2018
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