Public Lectures

Our eye on the Sun

Published on September 13, 2010

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Speaker:Dr. Tom Woods
Date:Wednesday, Oct 06, 2010
Time:7:30 PM, Doors open at 7:00 PM
Location:LSTB-299, Auditorium

Seminar Abstract:

We’ve got new eyes staring at the Sun! NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) launched on February 11, 2010 and is observing the Sun with unprecedented resolution. The solar instruments aboard SDO have 16 Megapixel cameras, more than eight times better resolution than High Definition (HD) TVs. Images and spectra are obtained every 10 seconds, 24/7, and are revealing new results about solar storms. Understanding the Sun is critical to life on Earth since it provides the majority of energy for our environment, and our ever-growing technology is sensitive to large solar storms. Dr. Woods will give an overview of the Sun’s influence on Earth and the new SDO mission, along with dazzling new movies from SDO.

Watch the Public Lecture:

Tom Woods Public Lecture

SDO: Our New Eye on the Sun