The Sun - The Restless Star

Solar physics is a contemporary branch of astrophysics.The sun is the only star which we can see at close range and investigate in detail. Due to its warming and apparently uniform rays,the sun makes it possible for life to exist on earth.When observed at close range, however, it's surface can be seen to whirl and boil, dark magnetic patches appear and disappear again, and from time to time mighty eruptions literally shake the complete solar system. Even the earth is noticeably affected by such disruptions of the ”outer space weather”.In the proposed XLAB seminar, participants will acquire a basic knowledge about the physical processes taking place in the sun and methods used in both theoretical and practical research to investigate these.The participants will follow, for example,the course of solar eruptions, using images obtained from outer space probes (all of which can be found in the internet!) and evaluate both real,measured data, as well as also data from simulation calculations, using a computer. Finally, an extensive tour of the Lindau Max Planck Institute of Aeronomics, which is an international centre for outer space research, will be included in the programme. Introduction, with observations in the internet

Practical work:

  • weather in outer space
  • The magnetic field of the sun simulated with a computer,
  • visit to the Max Planck Institute of Aeronomics.

Duration: 4 afternoons
Location: XLAB


Application only after consultation with XLAB staff

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