Next Meeting Presentation

7 May 2020 – Next Club Meeting

An Astronomy Guest Speaker Series Event – a collaboration of the Astronomy Club of Asheville and UNC-Asheville

– Cancelled due to COVID-19 Precautions –

Some good news! During the first week of May, we will post an online link here, to a digital version of this presentation.

Thursday night, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – In the Reuter Center’s Manheimer Room, located on the UNC Asheville campus. The meeting is free and open to everyone.

The NASA Parker Solar Probe – presented by
John O’Neal
, NASA Solar System Ambassador

The NASA Parker Solar Probe is embarking on a seven-year mission to the Sun’s inner atmosphere armed with a payload of scientific instruments to measure the solar wind and atmosphere up close & personal. These measurements will revolutionize our understanding of the mechanisms that drive the solar wind and space weather, and will provide insights into methods of mitigating the sun’s potentially catastrophic effects on technological advancements and on life on Earth as we know it.

Join NASA SOLAR SYSTEM AMBASSADOR John O’Neal on this journey of discovery… Hear the history of the mission and learn about Dr. Eugene Parker, the first person in the history of the space program to have a craft named after him. Ride along as the craft takes off on a whirlwind journey to the center of our solar system to a place beyond our wildest imagining.

This comprehensive presentation will highlight the science behind the Parker Solar Probe and provide a closeup look at the instrument packages and their purposes. It will reveal the human and social reasons for visiting the sun, as well as the science objectives, the launch, the voyage from Cape Kennedy, the journey around Venus to the Sun, and will culminate in what we expect to learn from the probe and how it could conceivably save our entire species and world from the next solar extinction event.