Episode 29: Walking on Sunshine

In this episode, we’re blown back and blown away by the solar wind. Will offers a historical overview of how Eugene Parker discovered the solar wind without running a single experiment. Malena covers early results and next steps for the eponymous and incredibly hot Parker Solar Probe, as it ~enters the Sun~. Postdoc Chris Spalding also discusses Mercury’s (literally) impactful and (solar) windy childhood.

Astrobites:

astrobites.org/2020/02/13/visiting-the-sun/

astrobites.org/2020/09/03/parker-solar-wind-2/

Original solar wind paper: 

ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1958ApJ…128..664P/abstract

Chris’ personal website: 

christopherspalding.net

Space sound: 

https://www.system-sounds.com/exoplanets4k/

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