Solar Behavior Featured at Museum of the Rockies on February 12

What is current research revealing about how our sun works?   Dr. Charles Kankelborg, Professor of Physics at MSU, will discuss what his observations and those of satellites and solar missions are revealing about the sun’s behavior, and what it all means for us on Earth, in the second presentation of the Winter/Spring Science Inquiry Series.

The talk will be presented at the Museum of the Rockies at 600 W Kagy Blvd in Bozeman, Montana on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Hager Auditorium.

The series, sponsored by the Gallatin Valley Friends of the Sciences, explores cutting edge science topics, their latest developments, and their relevance to society through speaker presentations followed by conversations between speaker and audience.  The talks are free to the public.

In his presentation, entitled “Our Mysterious Star: Probing the Heart of the Solar System,” Kankelborg will discuss how his research using sounding rockets as well as results from satellites and space-based solar missions are working to uncover the mechanisms of energy storage, release, and transport in the solar atmosphere, with implications for understanding both the sun’s behavior and its effect on Earth.

Courtesy of Charles Kankelborg.

Dr. Kankelborg holds a PhD. from Stanford University, and joined the MSU faculty in 2001.  He and his students have been building instruments and using rockets and satellites to study the sun for two decades.  His current focus uses the MOSES extreme ultraviolet instrument to image and take spectrographic information for the sun.  He has been a Wiley Award nominee for Meritorious Research and Creativity.

The presentation will be followed by an opportunity for audience members to engage in conversation with Kankelborg in the museum lobby with light refreshments served.

The speaker presentation and audience participation segments together will last a little over an hour.  All lectures have a limited capacity and are open on a first-come, first-served basis.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to each lecture, and attendees may not save seats.