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Solar Superstorms

Date: Time: 3:00 pm–3:45 pm
Morrill Hall Room: Mueller Planetarium
Additional Info: MORR
Contact: Zach Thompson, (402) 472-2641,
A fury is building on the surface of the Sun—high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 60,000 miles high, rising loops of electrified gas. What’s driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star.

The show features one of the most intensive efforts ever made to visualize the inner workings of the sun, including a series of groundbreaking scientific visualizations computed on the giant new supercomputing initiative, Blue Waters, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois.

Brace yourself for the onslaught of the next…Solar Superstorm!

Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Recommend for ages 10+, grades 5-12.
Running Time: 40 minutes

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