Science Inquiry Lecture: How and Why We Study the Sun from Space

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Fall 2021 Virtual Science Inquiry Lecture Series
Explore cutting-edge science topics, their latest developments, and their relevance to society. Sponsored by the Gallatin Valley Friends of the Sciences, and co-sponsored by the non-profit community service organization Hopa Mountain and Museum of the Rockies, talks for the 2021 fall series will be presented virtually via the Zoom video conferencing platform on Wednesday evenings at 7 pm, followed by a brief question-and-answer period using the Zoom chat function.

How and Why We Study the Sun from Space
What are we learning about the Sun’s energetic events and how they affect us on Earth? Dr. Dana Longcope, Professor and Head of the Physics Department at Montana State University, will discuss research into the Sun’s hot corona and its energetic events such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections. These events, whose intensity varies over a roughly eleven-year cycle, can lead to beautiful aurora borealis displays as well as power outages and satellite disruptions.

Free and open to the public via Zoom. Visit the Gallatin Valley Friends of the Sciences website for the Zoom link for this lecture.