Dr Helen Mason, University of Cambridge, UK
* This programme is Free and No registration or passes are required. Do arrive early as seats are limited.
Title & an abstract of the talk by the speaker:
Our Dynamic Sun
The Sun goes through an 11 year cycle of activity. For the past few years it has been quiet, but it is now becoming active again, with huge explosions and solar flares shooting very hot material into space. This hot gas can hit the Earth's atmosphere and cause chaos with modern technology, communications and even causing major electrical black-outs. In this talk, we will explore what causes solar activity and what we are learning about the Sun from space observations (SoHO, Hinode and the Solar Dynamics Observatory) at X-ray and Extreme UltraViolet wavelengths.
Dr Helen Mason works at the University of Cambridge. She studies the Sun and its effect on the Earth's environment. She has worked on many solar space missions - Skylab, Solar Maximum Mission, SoHO, Hinode and the Solar Dynamics Observatory. She works closely with schools and has developed a website called Sun|trek (http://www.suntrek.org/). She also often works with the media, most recently on the BBC programme 'Seven Ages of Starlight'. In 2010 she was named as one of the 'Women of Outstanding Achievement'.