Journey to the Sun

Presentation: “Journey to the Sun” by Dr. Mike Adler, GJH

January 4th (Thursday!), 6 p.m., Social half-hour; please join us from 5:30-6:00 to enjoy free soft drinks and appetizers before our talk begins!

Live at the Teton County Library & Via Zoom (online)

The Sun brings us light, heat and we would not be here without it. What do you know about our Star? Do you have any idea of how it produces its light and heat, will it get hotter or cooler, how did it begin and how long it will last, why eclipses and aurora happen, and where did all the elements (O, C, Fe, etc.) in the universe come from? Special note that there will be a total solar eclipse crossing large parts of the U.S. next April. In this talk we will explain all of this and much more. 

In addition, have you ever heard about the Parker Solar Probe? It is the first spacecraft to fly into the Sun’s corona (its atmosphere). We will show a video of it flying through one of the massive solar storms at 360,000 mph. It has also determined the source of the solar wind and why the corona temperature is over 1 million degrees while the Sun’s surface is only 6,000 degrees.


The Parker Solar Probe flying toward the Sun

 A Corona Mass Ejection (CME)

2017 total solar eclipse, Jackson Hole

Sun-like star remnant that has ended its life. Known as the Helix nebula but often referred to as the Eye of Sauron.

Topic: Journey to the Sun

Time: Thursday January 4th, 2024 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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