Stellar Society Lecture, GTCC
ABOUT THIS EVENT
Our Sun: Then, Now, and What Might Be
A Free Public Lecture by Dr. Alicia Aarnio, UNC-Greensboro
How do we know what the Sun was like in its youth, and the conditions under which our unique blue planet came to be? What do we know about other stars like the Sun? How can they give us more insight into its temperament now and into the future? The solar-stellar connection helps us piece together these puzzles, allowing us to look into the Sun's past and into its future with fascinating and potentially catastrophic answers!
Dr. Alicia Aarnio is an astrophysicist studying the Sun, young Suns, and young, intermediate-mass stars. She is currently Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina Greensboro where she works with students on research in her group, the UNCG-stars. Magnetic fields, often blamed and sometimes feared in astrophysics, have long fascinated and been, in their various manifestations, the overarching focus of Dr. Aarnio's research throughout her career. In addition to her research, Dr. Aarnio is active in the American Astronomical Society leadership, co-chairing the Working Group on Accessibility and Disability as well as the departmental climate Site Visit Oversight Committee. You can find her on twitter @AliciaAarnio.
After the talk, Cline Observatory will be open for free public viewing as part of the Statewide Star Party.
Note: we may offer solar observing before the talk, depending on conditions. Monitor the event website or @gtccastro on Twitter for updates.