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The Sun Like We’ve Never Seen It

The trifecta of new solar telescopes revolutionizing how we see our local star

Originally Recorded Sunday 8/30/20 @ 11:00 am

2020 marks a turning point in the field of solar astronomy, with the development of three new solar telescopes from around the world. The National Science Foundation’s Inouye Solar Telescope, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe and ESA’s Solar Orbiter together will overhaul all that we understand about our local star, the Sun. Dr. Claire Raftery from NSF’s National Solar Observatory will discuss how these three new missions are beckoning in the dawn of a new era of solar physics, and what that means for the future of Space Weather, and life on Earth as we know it.

Dr. Raftery will also be part of our live-streamed Ask Me Anything: Science Rules Q&A session!


Dr. Claire Raftery
Dr. Claire Raftery

Dr. Claire Raftery
Director of Education, Outreach, and Communications for the National Science Foundation’s National Solar Observatory

Dr. Claire Raftery is a solar physicist and science educator originally from Dublin, Ireland. Having spent a decade researching the foundations of solar eruptions, she found her calling in science communication and outreach. She is now the Director of Education, Outreach and Communications for the National Science Foundation’s National Solar Observatory, which is the organization responsible for building the brand new Inouye Solar Telescope. Claire loves telling science stories, sharing her love for our closest star with anyone who will listen, and is dedicated to providing equitable opportunities in STEM for students from all walks of life, especially those underrepresented in astronomy.

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