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Physics Colloquium - Robert Wicks
Start Date: 2/6/2015Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 2/6/2015End Time: 1:30 PM

Event Description:
Robert Wicks
Research Fellow for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
through University of Maryland College Park

"Solar Wind Research at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center"

The solar wind is the hot, tenuous and turbulent plasma that is emitted by the Sun. I will review how the solar wind is formed and how the solar wind and solar variability cause space weather at the Earth. I will then describe some recent results looking at the small scale variability and turbulence of the solar wind and what we have learned about plasma physics from launching spacecraft into deep-space. We will try to answer questions like: How big is the solar system? What is a solar flare? What is space weather have and should we worry about it? Finally, I will discuss upcoming missions and opportunities for students who would like to work at NASA in the future.

The colloquium will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. in Science Center 199

A pizza lunch will be provided for those attending at 12:20 p.m.

Please check our website for any updates or changes: http://www.swarthmore.edu/academics/physics-and-astronomy.xml
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Science Center
Room: Science Center 199 - Cunniff Hall
Contact Information:
Email: physics@swarthmore.edu
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The Public

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