Parker Solar Probe: Understanding the Mysteries of Solar Magnetic Activity, Solar Wind, and the Heliosphere” chronicles our journey to understand aspects of the Sun and Earth’s space environment that affect life and society. The Sun’s magnetic field is fundamental to solar activity and shapes our solar system’s inter-planetary environment. On Earth, solar activity is responsible for geomagnetic storms and aurora borealis and australis. On August 12, 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched to carry out the first close-up exploration of the Sun’s outer solar corona and deep inner heliosphere. Direct measurements of the plasma in the closest atmosphere of our star should lead to new understanding.
Presentation by Dr. Marco Velli, Professor of Space Physics at UCLA.
on April 15, 2019.