Join us on Thursday, January 16, 2020 in the Hales Center For The Performing Arts for a lecture from Dr. Aaron Coyner, Associate Professor of Physics at Southwestern Oregon Community College and NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador. Dr. Coyner will present “Our Active Sun: Flares, CMEs and the Impacts of Space Weather.” This event is free and open to the public.
Our Sun provides all the energy that gives life to our favorite Pale Blue Dot. Without it, the Earth as we know it would not exist. The Sun can also be rather explosive showering the solar system with energetic particles from solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). While the Sun is the most observed object in the cosmos, many questions still remain about these powerful events. Dr. Coyner will detail the mechanisms and impacts for flares both on the Sun and space weather on Earth like the Aurora Borealis. We will investigate the Sun in wavelengths across the spectrum, from gamma and X-rays to visible light. We will also touch on the amazing journey of NASA’s newest Solar mission, the Parker Solar Probe.