Astronomy 48 - Weather in Interplanetary Space
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Instructors: Drs. G. Schultz, L. Peticolas
Time: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: Room 115 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley campus
  Email: Greg Schultz at or Laura Peticolas at
Start Date: Tuesday, August 28th
Prerequisite: A curiosity about space

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The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California Berkeley is involved in a wide variety of NASA scientific investigations in space. To illustrate the breadth and depth of these investigations, the Education and Outreach program at SSL are collaborating with Vista Community College to hold a space science seminar. Our goal is to bring the passion and excitement of space research to community college students who may not have previously had an opportunity to learn about space. We will emphasize the invisible wonders of our solar system and universe.

Most every week , a scientist from the Space Sciences Laboratory will present a one-hour seminar on his/her research in space science, followed by an informal discussion. Topics that will be covered include: the active Sun, solar wind, space weather, the Earth's and Mars’ magnetospheres, auroras, space dust, space mission operations, the size and scale of the universe, the nearby interstellar medium, hot galactic gas, the invisible universe in infrared, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. In addition, there will be a field trip to the Space Sciences Laboratory to see how space experiments are made, to view instrument parts from UC Berkeley-built satellites such as EUV, FAST, and RHESSI, and to visit the spacecraft Mission and Science Operations Center and tracking antenna.

This course is made possible partially through NASA grant number NNG05GE30G.

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