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Astronomy Online: Solar Storms (AMNH livestream)

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Astronomy Online: Solar Storms

Friday, October 2, 2020, 1 pm EDT

Poster for American Museum of Natural History's Astronomy Online: Solar Storms. Solar weather is visualized as lines in blue and green emerging from an orange-red Sun. White text on the right of the poster reads: Astronomy Online: Solar Storms / Live Watch Party / #StayHome & #LearnWithMe"

What risks do solar storms pose for astronauts in space? 

Join Carter Emmart, the American Museum of Natural History's Director of Astrovisualization, and Leila Mays, deputy director of the Community Coordinated Modeling Center at NASA Goddard, to explore how scientists protect astronauts from space weather and why our Sun’s dynamic activity affects human space travel.

Bring your questions for our presenters and Kathryn Whitman and Phil Quinn of NASA Johnson Space Center's Space Radiation Analysis Group (SRAG) who will be answering your questions live in the chat!

Emilie Ho and Christian Adamsson from Linköping University pilot our up-close encounter with powerful solar storms and eruptive solar flares in the OpenSpace platform. 

Join the live stream on the museum's YouTube at 1 pm EDT: https://youtu.be/iRt6rsYR_Sw

For the museum's calendar listing, see: https://www.amnh.org/calendar/solar-storms

About the Presenters

Carter Emmart has been involved in all five of the American Museum of Natural History's Space Shows, four of which are now playing in planetariums all over the world. Emmart was one of the original museum team members on the NASA-funded Digital Galaxy Project that helped redefine how a planetarium theater can present science to the public through immersive data visualization.

Dr. Leila Mays is the deputy director of the Community Coordinated Modeling Center (CCMC) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Her research interests include modeling the heliosphere and solar energetic particles, performing model verification, and forecasting space weather. She received her BS degree from the University of Maryland College Park, and PhD degree from the University of Texas at Austin.