Here Comes the Furious Sun

UC Riverside’s Gabriela Canalizo will describe the sun’s fury and magnificence in a free public talk on campus June 4

A solar flare, such as the one seen here, occurs when magnetic energy that has built up in the solar atmosphere is suddenly released. Photo credit: NASA.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – “Here Comes the Sun,” the Beatles famously sang.  Had they called our closest star the “furious sun” they’d have been closer to the truth.  For the sun is furious, host to violent phenomena that directly impact our everyday lives, including technology we heavily and increasingly depend on.

The public now has an opportunity to better understand the sun in all its magnificence and fury.

“The Furious Sun” is the title of the next astronomy talk at the University of California, Riverside.  It will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, June 4, in Room A265, Bourns Hall.  The free talk will be given by Gabriela Canalizo, a professor of physics and astronomy at UC Riverside.

“Everyone’s life depends on the sun, and most people appreciate understanding their own star a little better,” Canalizo said.  “Although the sun is complex, there are many aspects of it that can be easily explained using very basic science concepts, such as magnetism or boiling liquids. In my talk I will discuss some of the incredible phenomena that occur in the sun and how our everyday lives can be affected by the sun.   I will also discuss the critical role that magnets play in our everyday lives.”

Gabriela Canalizo is a professor of physics and astronomy at UC Riverside. Photo credit: L. Duka.

Gabriela Canalizo is a professor of physics and astronomy at UC Riverside. Photo credit: L. Duka.

Canalizo’s research interests include the interaction between supermassive black holes and the galaxies in which they live, the study of quasars, galaxy collisions, star formation, stellar populations, and galaxy evolution.  She was born in Mexico, and she received her bachelor’s degree in physics from MIT and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Hawaii.   She was the first astronomy faculty at UCR, where she has built a thriving graduate program.

Canalizo is also a board member of the Passion Center for Children, a non-profit organization that serves children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic in Malawi, Africa.  Every summer, she runs outreach programs in Africa, teaching science to orphans and other disadvantaged youth.

Her talk is the final one in a series of astronomy talks being held at UCR.

Parking information can be found here. Parking is recommended in Lots 10, 13 and 24.

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