Royal Astronomical Society Specialist Discussion Meeting
The near-Sun solar wind at solar minimum
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London,
Start Date Fri, 13/03/2020 - 10:00
End Date Fri, 13/03/2020 - 15:30
Programme for the meeting is now available
Organisers: Tim Horbury (Imperial College); Stuart Bale (Berkeley); David Burgess (QM)
The solar wind creates and controls the heliosphere, within which all the planets move, and it drives societally important space weather effects in near-Earth space and on the planet’s surface. With the launch in August 2018 of NASA's Parker Solar Probe, a new era has opened in the exploration of the inner solar system. Probe has already travelled to within 35 solar radii of the Sun, nearly twice as close as any previous mission; by the time of this meeting the first perihelion data will have been public for several months so there will be ample opportunity to discuss the exciting first results on topics such as solar wind kinetics, fine scale structure and the links between solar dynamics and solar wind structures. In February 2020, Solar Orbiter will launch: this meeting will also be a good opportunity to discuss Orbiter science goals in light of the early Parker Solar Probe results.
Topics will include:
- Large scale solar wind structure and dynamics
- Kinetics and small scale processes
We welcome contributions regarding: data from Parker Solar Probe; results from other related missions, including Solar Orbiter; and all related simulations and modelling.
- Dr Nicky Fox, Director Heliophysics Division, NASA
- Dr Chris Chen, Queen Mary University of London
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