The Day the Sun Blew Up

This morning I received the following email from the FPOA mailing list regarding Dr. Sten Odenwald’s appearance at the California Acadamy of Science Benjamin Dean Lecture Series. Sounds like a great lecture! I hope to see you there!

Dr. Sten Odenwald

From: Benjamin Dean Lecture Series []
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 7:27 PM
Subject: Next Benjamin Dean Lecture – Monday, May 7

Please join us on Monday, May 7 at 7:30pm for the next lecture in the Benjamin Dean Series. Dr. Sten Odenwald from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center will speak about “The Day the Sun Blew Up.”

In 1859, the biggest solar storm in recorded history rocked the Sun, causing major worldwide disruptions of telegraph service and reports of fires in every major city on Earth. What will happen when such a ‘superstorm’ comes again? This talk will explore the possible human and technology impacts of the next solar superstorm.

You can visit Dr. Odenwald’s award-winning websites at:


The lecture will be held in Kanbar Hall at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street (at Presidio Avenue). Tickets are $4 in advance by mail or online at or at the door. Please e-mail any questions to or call 415-321-8000.

Parking is available across the street in the UCSF Laurel Heights campus parking lot for $1.25 per night. Parking in the JCC garage is $1.50 per half-hour. The #1 California, #3 Jackson, #4 Sutter, and #43 Masonic MUNI lines stop directly in front of the building. The #38 Geary and #24 Divisadero buses stop only a few blocks away.

Benjamin Dean Lecture Series in Astronomy
Morrison Planetarium
California Academy of Sciences
875 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


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