AAS 198th Meeting, June 2001
Session 68. Hale Prize Lecture
Invited, Thursday, June 7, 2001, 8:30-9:20am, C101-104

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[68.01] The New Science of the Sun

A. M. Title (Lockheed Martin Institute for Space Research)

The past decade has seen a revolution in the scope, amount, and the quality of solar data. Quantitative and coordinated observations join the processes in the deep interior to those in the outer atmosphere. The most important lesson the Sun is now teaching us is that the parallel development of quantitative measurements with numerical simulation and theory can produce a physical understanding of the complex phenomena that occur over a range wide range in densities, pressures, temperatures, and plasma betas. Because the Sun is the only astrophysical object that can be studied in detail, understanding the physics of the Sun is a key to unraveling puzzles throughout astrophysics. The results discussed will be illustrated with movies derived from a variety of observations, calculations, and numerical simulations.

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