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Introduction to Astronomy June 2021

07/06/2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Sun – Our Nearest Star

What’s going on and why?

Our nearest star, the Sun, is vital to life on Earth; but what do we know about it? Tonight, we discuss various intriguing facts and figures, including where it resides and how it moves within our galaxy, the Milky Way. Following illustrations of how the Sun was born and how it will evolve, making Earth uninhabitable, and then eventually die as a white dwarf, diagrams will show you the internal structures of the Sun and how we know. Also, learn the processes behind and the differences between Sunspots, solar flares, solar prominences and coronal mass ejections, plus how they affect us on Earth.

Attendees will enjoy our large screen while viewing two High-Definition NASA Videos of the Sun’s activity captured by solar observatories, plus receive a comprehensive five-page handout of the material covered.

We look forward to seeing you all there to chat about the big round bright ball in our daytime sky!


8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Dr Chris Benton


Stardome Observatory
670 Manukau Rd, Epsom
Auckland, 1345 New Zealand
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