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Event: Peculiar Role Of Io In The Magnetic Environment Of Jupiter
December 4, 2019
Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics – SPSC, 3665 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO

Description: In the 60s and 70s ground-based observations–many made here in Boulder–indicated that Jupiter’s moon Io was peculiar. The innermost Galilean moon triggered radio emissions, appeared to brighten on emerging from eclipse, and optical emissions indicated clouds of sodium atoms and sulfur ions around Io. Further hints of Io’s peculiarity were indicated by the first spacecrafts to visit Jupiter, the Pioneers in 1973-1974. Such strange behavior became understandable when Voyager 1 and 2 flybys of Jupiter in 1979 revealed Io’s remarkable volcanism. When Voyager 1 passed close to Io, perturbations in the plasma and magnetic field showed Io generating magnetic waves propagating away from the moon, carrying electrical currents towards Jupiter. Over the past 40 years the Io-Jupiter system has been explored with telescopes and spacecraft but a major breakthrough came this year when the Juno spacecraft flew directly through Io’s current system. In this presentation, LASP research scientist and retired CU professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences, Fran Bagenal, will discuss how Io’s strange behavior has been revealed over the years and present the latest results from Juno.


Event: Astronaut Susan Helms
January 9, 2020
Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Anschutz Hamilton Hall, History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO

Description: Boldly go into the story of one woman’s journey into the final frontier—gender, science, and the American space program! Ticket Price: $25. Members $15. Students $10.

Event: 2020 Space Weather Workshop
April 20-24, 2020
Location: Embassy Suites/Hilton Garden Inn, Boulder, Colorado

Description: Space Weather Workshop is an annual conference that brings industry, academia, and government agencies together in a lively dialog about space weather. What began in 1996 as a conference for the space weather user community, Space Weather Workshop has evolved into the Nation’s leading conference on all issues relating to space weather. The conference addresses the remarkably diverse impacts of space weather on today’s technology. The program highlights space weather impacts in several areas, including communications, navigation, spacecraft operations, aviation, and electric power. The workshop will also focus on the highest priority needs for operational services that can guide future research and new high-value capabilities that can be transitioned into operations. The conference fosters communication among researchers, space weather service providers, and users of space weather services.