HAO Colloquium - Helen Mason, Cambridge University

My Life in the Sun

Dr Helen Mason is solar scientist at the University of Cambridge. Her field of research is the UV and X-ray spectrum of the Sun. She has worked on many joint UK, NASA, ESA and Japanese solar space projects including Skylab, the SMM (Solar Maximum Mission), Yohkoh, SoHO (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory), Hinode, SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) and IRIS (Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph). 

The Sun, our star, is now in a quiet phase of its activity cycle. Recent solar space observations have completely changed our view of the Sun. This presentation will review what we have learnt about the solar atmosphere, with particular reference to active regions and flares.

Helen has combined her research activities with university duties, extensive outreach activities (Sun|trek and SunSpaceArt) and family commitments. In this colloquium, she will share some of the highlights of her career in Solar Physics, together with some of the challenges.

Date and time: 
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm