2015 Boulder Solar Day Keynote Talk–Jack Gosling

Skylab, CMEs, and the Solar Flare Myth

Skylab was launched on May 14, 1973 and carried the first large orbiting solar observatory (The Apollo Telescope Mount) that could be compared favorably with existing ground-based solar observatories with regard to lightgathering power and angular and spectroscopic resolution. Moreover, the observatory made measurements that could only be made in space. Among other riches, Skylab provided the first good images of coronal mass ejections, CMEs. This talk will provide a brief overview of the Skylab/ATM mission and will describe some of the author's experiences as a member of HAO's Skylab coronagraph team. It will also summarize some of the early remote coronal and in situ solar wind observations of CMEs, as well as events that led to his (apparently still controversial) paper on the solar flare myth.

Date and time: 
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 8:00am to 6:00pm
2015 Boulder Solar Day Keynote by Jack Gosling