May 10, 2024 | Times Colonist via UVic News

Over the weekend of May 11, many Canadians were able to witness the aurora borealis from their own backyards. According to an article in Times Colonist  the “exceptionally strong solar storm” could’ve caused damage to satellites and high-voltage power lines.

“Space weather is hard to predict … it’s complicated — but get outside and have a look,” said Justin Albert, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Victoria in an interview with the Times Colonist. Albert also explained that even though the storm had a ranking of 4 out of 5 on the solar-storm scale, it was extremely difficult to predict the effect it will have here on Earth.

Dr. Justin Albert is an experimental physicist and professor in the faulty of physics and astronomy at UVic. His areas of expertise include but are not limited to experimental particle and astroparticle physics. Throughout his career, Dr. Albert has also spent his time working on the ATLAS experiment, cofounder of ALTAIR and ORCASat projects, a creator of the BABAR experiment.

Interested in reading more about Dr. Albert’s work? We recommend checking out his author page on our institutional repository, UVicSpace!