NSN Webinar Series: the Science of Sungrazing Comets

Sungrazer 896

Open to Public

Type: Outreach

Held on: Jun 22, 2021 (Tue) at 06:00 PM to Jun 22, 2021 (Tue) at 08:00 PM

Online Location: YouTube

Event Coordinator: Wendy Froggatt

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, June 22 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Karl Battams give an overview of sungrazing comets, and how you can contribute to their study through the Sungrazer Citizen Science project.

Registration information for NSN Members:
Night Sky Network members can join live, ask questions, and get up-to-date information about the resource. Members may register in advance for this webinar (login required) on the Outreach Resource page.

Public Viewing Options:
The event will stream live on YouTube. Linkhttps://youtu.be/Jdu7fHjeehg

If you have any questions about joining this event, please email Wendy at outreach@seattleastro.org

More Information

Sungrazing and near-Sun comets represent well over half of all officially cataloged comets, yet are among the most poorly-understood objects in our solar system. Most of these comets follow orbits through space that place them into the most extreme environment our solar system has to offer, most often leading to a one-way death-plunge into the searing solar corona, at velocities exceeding 0.2% the speed of light! In this seminar Dr. Battams will begin with an overview of the discovery of these comets, most of which are found via the NASA-funded “Sungrazer” Citizen Science project, and the variety of Sun-watching spacecraft that discover and observe them. He will then briefly describe the various quirks of these comets including their physical and orbital properties, and discuss their tendency for clustering and fragmentation.  Then, for the remainder of the seminar, he will provide details on the variety of science that we can learn from these comets, which not only allow us to explore fundamental properties of comets, but also to gain entirely unique science regarding the Sun’s outer atmosphere and solar outflows.