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Do habitable worlds require magnetic fields?

Event Date: Wednesday, Feb 03, 2021

In this talk, LASP scientist Dave Brain will explain why it’s obviously true that planets require magnetic fields in order to be habitable. And then he will explain why it’s obviously false. Finally, he will discuss different approaches to answering the question and summarize the progress that has been made over the past few years, including by an international team of scientists led out of LASP.

Features & News

LASP researcher reveals new clues on what makes the Sun’s atmosphere so hot

December 7

New research appears today in the Journal Nature Astronomy that may help resolve a long-standing mystery about the Sun: Why the solar atmosphere is millions of degrees hotter than the surface.

LASP scientists find hidden pockets of water ice on the moon

November 20

Hidden pockets of water ice could be much more common on the surface of the moon than scientists once suspected, according to new research led by the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics at CU Boulder. In some cases, these tiny patches of ice might exist in permanent shadows no bigger than a penny. “If you can… Read more »

LASP scientist determine that volcanic ash may have a bigger impact on the climate than we thought

September 14

When volcanos erupt, these geologic monsters produce tremendous clouds of ash and dust—plumes that can blacken the sky, shut down air traffic and reach heights of roughly 25 miles above Earth’s surface. A new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder suggests that such volcanic ash may also have a larger influence on the… Read more »