The region located between the surface of the sun and its atmosphere has been revealed as a more violent place than previously understood, according to images and data from NASA’s newest solar observatory, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS.

IRIS is a NASA Small Explorer Mission that is observing how solar material moves, gathers energy, and heats up as it travels through a little-understood region in the sun’s lower atmosphere. On June 27, 2013, IRIS, was launched, to study what’s known as the interface region – a layer between the sun’s surface and corona that previously was not well observed.

During its first six months, IRIS thrilled scientists with detailed images of the interface region, finding even more turbulence and complexity than expected. IRIS scientists presented the mission’s early observations at a press conference at the Fall American Geophysical Union meeting on Dec. 9, 2013.

For the public, the NASA Ames Visitor Center will host three evening events, beginning in early April. In this cozy “living room” style format, IRIS Mission experts will focus on what YOU want to know as your questions take center stage! The final event for this three-part series will be on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The topic will be the Sun and will feature Karel Schrijver of Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center.

There will be time for cocktails and networking from 5:30-6:00, and beverages will be available for purchase. Attendees must bring proof of ID indicating that they are 21 years or older in order to purchase alcohol.

Register through Eventbrite to get your free ticket. Proof of ticket is required for entry. Please be sure to bring your ticket with you.

For more information on the IRIS Mission, visit the IRIS website:

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: NASA

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