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  • Winter Lecture Series continues March 30th

    Posted on March 20th, 2018 Lynn Powers No comments

    We’ll continue with the SMAS 2018 Winter Lecture Series next Friday, March 30th starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Bridger Library located in the high school.  Enter off of 11th Ave – across from Wendy’s.

    The still-unsolved Physics puzzle revealed by the Great American eclipsesolaralma_coronalheating_600
    by Dana Longcope
    Montana State University

    Among the torrent of news stories about last summer’s solar eclipse was an occasional mention of the Sun’s mysteriously hot corona — a mystery dubbed “the coronal heating problem”.  I will describe how that eclipse, and those before it, have confronted us with this enduring mystery.  I will explain the problem of coronal heating and what researchers at MSU, and elsewhere, have done to shed light on the still-unknown heating mechanism.  In the end I will describe what we now know about the solution, and what remains to be learned.

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