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Big Black-out (The)

Series : Stars in one's wide open eyes

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  00:04:00  2009  SD 16/9  Color  Sound

On the occasion of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA09), the CNRS and the CNES produced a collection of video podcasts.
With elevators stranded between two floors, all lights and traffic lights out, why did the city of Montreal experience a total power outage of several hours in 1989? The explanation must be sought 150 million kilometres away from Earth, beside the Sun. Without warning, our star spill out tons of harmful particles that can cause significant damage in power systems here on Earth.

Producer : CNRS Images
Author : De BREM Paul
Scientific adviser : CHAUVIN Philippe (CNRS-INSU, Paris)
Audiovisual processLive shots. Using animations.
Live sounds.
PersonnalitiesBRIAND Carine(Lesia, UMR CNRS, Observatoire de Paris, Univ. Paris 6 et Paris 7, Meudon)
NotesLESIA : Laboratoire d'Etudes Spatiales et d'Instrumentation en Astrophysique.


Space Sciences

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Item No.2171
PublicLarge audience
Original SupportVideo DV Cam
Delivery supportDV Cam