25 May: Open day at IRSOL and Specola

Istituto ricerche solari Aldo e Cele Daccò

Date: 25 May 2024 / 10:00 - 16:00

The Sun is the almost exclusive energy source for life on Earth and for human civilisation. It conditions the climate of our planet. It is a natural laboratory. It is also the closest star and therefore easiest to study. Since antiquity, many civilisations have deified the Sun.

Today, 400 years after the start of the scientific revolution, the Sun is one of the most fascinating natural objects for scientists. Ticino hosts two research centres dedicated to our star: the Aldo and Cele Daccò Solar Research Institute (IRSOL) and the Specola Solare Ticinese.

The Open Day offers the public the chance to understand how the Sun's magnetic fields are investigated at the IRSOL using state-of-the-art instruments, and how the solar cycle is studied at the Specola, in a line of research born in Switzerland 170 years ago.

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