Calendar

Sep
1
Fri
Colloquium: Isak Wold (Host: Moire Prescott)
Sep 1 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Colloquium: Isak Wold (Host: Moire Prescott) @ BX102

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Isak Wold, UT Austin

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Sep
8
Fri
Colloquium: Travis Metcalfe (Host: Jason Jackiewicz)
Sep 8 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Colloquium: Travis Metcalfe (Host: Jason Jackiewicz) @ BX102

The Unexpected Mid-life Crisis of the Sun

Dr. Travis Metcalfe, Space Sciences Institute

After decades of effort, the solar activity cycle is exceptionally well characterized but it remains poorly understood. Pioneering work at the Mount Wilson Observatory demonstrated that other sun-like stars also show regular activity cycles, and suggested two possible relationships between the rotation rate and the length of the cycle. Neither of these relationships correctly describe the properties of the Sun, a peculiarity that demands explanation. Recent discoveries have started to shed light on this issue, suggesting that the Sun’s rotation rate and magnetic field are currently in a transitional phase that occurs in all middle-aged stars. We have recently identified the manifestation of this magnetic transition in the best available data on stellar cycles. The results suggest that the solar cycle may be growing longer on stellar evolutionary timescales, and that the cycle might disappear sometime in the next 0.8-2.4 Gyr. Future tests of this hypothesis will come from ground-based activity monitoring of Kepler targets that span the magnetic transition, and from asteroseismology with the TESS mission to determine precise masses and ages for bright stars with known cycles.

Sep
11
Mon
Pizza Lunch: Drew Chojnowski and Sten Hasselhof
Sep 11 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Pizza Lunch: Drew Chojnowski and Sten Hasselhof @ AY 119

A Peculiar Supergiant

Sep
15
Fri
Colloquium: OPEN (Host: TBD)
Sep 15 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Colloquium: OPEN (Host: TBD) @ BX102

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Sep
22
Fri
Colloquium: OPEN (Host: TBD)
Sep 22 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Colloquium: OPEN (Host: TBD) @ BX102

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Sep
29
Fri
Colloquium: OPEN (Host: TBD)
Sep 29 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Colloquium: OPEN (Host: TBD) @ BX102

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Campus Observatory Open House
Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Campus Observatory Open House @ Campus Observatory

Welcome to the first open house of the 2017 Fall Semester. Your hosts will be: James McAteer, Jodi Berdis, Carlos Vargas, and Julie Imig.

The (September) Autumnal Equinox.

September Night Sky Chart.

Oct
6
Fri
Colloquium: Kyoung-Soo Lee (Host: Moire Prescott)
Oct 6 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Colloquium: Kyoung-Soo Lee (Host: Moire Prescott) @ BX102

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Kyoung-Soo Lee, Purdue University

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Oct
13
Fri
Colloquium: OPEN (Host: TBD)
Oct 13 @ 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Colloquium: OPEN (Host: TBD) @ BX102

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Oct
16
Mon
Pizza Lunch: Ken Naiff
Oct 16 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Pizza Lunch: Ken Naiff @ AY 119

Dark Sky Images

 

www.DarkSkyImagesByKen.com