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Hit by the Sun

Part of Astronomy Live

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Solar flare Credit: SDO/GSFC/NASA
This program is cancelled. The Museum is temporarily closed to maintain health and safety, but please check back for updates about reopening, at which time our Central Reservations team will be happy to assist with refunds.

Every day, NASA monitors the activity of the Sun and forecasts space weather to avoid interference with thousands of satellites and spacecraft. Join Museum Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart to see what tools scientists use to predict solar weather so they can take proper precautions when launching new spacecraft–and astronauts!–into space.

In 2020, the Museum is celebrating the legacy of Charles Hayden, whose vision made the Hayden Planetarium possible and brought the universe to New York City.

Please note: There is no late seating in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. Guests arriving after the program starts will not be permitted to enter the dome.

Meet the Presenter

Carter Emmart headshot

Carter Emmart is the museum’s Director of Astrovisualization, and has been a part of the American Museum of Natural History for over twenty years. He directs the production of the Museum’s award-winning space shows and oversees the development of interactive visualization, including the NASA-supported OpenSpace software. Emmart received his honorary Ph.D. degree from Sweden’s Linkoping University.

Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.

Select Hayden Planetarium Programs are sponsored by JetBlue.