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April 2021

History of Astronomy – A History of Sunspotting, by Brendan Owens – ONLINE

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Brendan Owens' new book "The Sun"

Once thought of as a pure and unblemished disc of light, the Sun does in fact break out in spots. Observations of these cosmic blemishes opened the gateway to exploring the physics of the Sun and the Sun-Earth system. This talk takes us back in time to explore pre-telescopic sunspot observations and charts the history of their study up to and including the early 1900s. It’s a history replete with mystery, strange notions, risk to life and limb (well, eyesight…

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