The Variable Sun and Its Impact on Earth


Program Description:

The subjects of this presentation are derived from work in the space science center on all the effects the sun can have on our technologically advanced society when it sends out cosmic rays, and delivers big punches to the Earth's magnetic field, up to the sun's impact on climate in history. Weather permitting this talk can also include an opportunity to view solar features through a small telescope.


Eberhard Moebius

Eberhard Möbius is a Professor in the Physics Department and the Space Science Center. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and at he received the Arthur K. Whitcomb Professorship in 1997, the Class of 1940 Professorship in 2008, and the Distinguished Professor Award in 2010. His research is centered around the acceleration of particles in and their transport through space using state-of-the-art instruments on spacecraft. Most recently the research focuses on the interstellar gas outside the solar system and its interaction with the heliosphere that surrounds our solar system. Interstellar gas constitutes a sample of cosmic material that is distinct from the sun and its planets and thus provides clues on the evolution of matter and on the origin of stars, planets and us. He is also engaged in interdisciplinary seminars for students together with colleagues from Philosophy, Religious Studies and Biology, where he tries to bridge the gap between the sciences and humanities. Through public lectures and engagements he shares his ideas and findings with the general public.

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