Our Sun, L Khandro- MI CEC

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Our Sun
Schedule: Wednesday, November 13, 20, December 4, 11    (Dates course will not meet: November 27)
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Mercer Island - Community and Event Center
8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Cost: $45.00
Capacity: 30 

Welcome to Our Sun! We're currently headed toward a solar minimum, expected to occur in 2019 as the Sun switches over from Solar Cycle 24 to Solar Cycle 25, and the “quiet phase” of its approximate 11 year sunspot cycle (or ~22 years depending on how it is counted). We also have new solar observatories in space that collect data and send back the eye-popping (colorized) beauty of solar activity. This includes sunspots, flares, filaments (prominences), and coronal mass ejections. Come for the hot times as we start from the sun’s nuclear fusion furnace in the core, getting a glimpse of E=mc2 in action, then journey outward through the radiation and convection zones to the “surface”, and thence to the far blazing corona. We’ll take a peek at the recent total solar eclipses (2017 and 2019), then end up with earth’s magnetosphere, which protects us from the stronger aspects of solar exuberance, while it giving us the beautiful auroras! 

Linda M. Khandro is something of a mixed salad!  I am a geologist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology, and Master’s Degree in Teaching Earth Science, along with Washington State Teaching Certificate, and have been teaching college earth and space sciences (geology, astronomy, oceanography, meteorology, environmental science) in face to face, hybrid, and online classes since 1991. I also teach earth and space sciences for seniors in the Puget Sound region. **Interest in Project ASTRO as an astronomer volunteer, and then interest in Astrobiology brought me to the University of Washington, Seattle, as an Education/Public Outreach specialist from 2000-2006. **In 2010 I became a Faculty Designer for Washington State’s Open Course Library (OCL) Project, revising my hybrid Oceanography 101 course for Phase 1 of the OCL, and Astronomy 101 for Phase 2. Both of these OCL projects are with Shoreline Community College in Seattle, but are also part of every course I now teach in the earth and space sciences, at every college where I teach.  **The “mixed salad” part? I’ve been involved in a variety of creative endeavors over the years; visual arts and photography, poetry, dance, and music. The latter includes percussion study and performance, and harp study, performance, and recording. **My 3 daughters are the loves of my life; I am enormously proud and deliriously happy with them.