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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Northern Lights

Nice article on solar-terrestrial physics has appeared in the Telegraph.

Highlights some interesting work being done by Colleagues in preston, Glasgow and Cambridge on sunspot as well as commenting on the idiocy of winding down UK involvement in this field at the current time.

Yes, STFC I know that it is 'only ground-based' but as we have said before this indicates your complete lack of understanding of how STP works.

There is a very nice movie of the aurora over there.

British photographer Mark Humpage captured the ghostly phenomenon as a team of British scientists announced that astronomers have missed a significant number since they were first observed by Chinese astronomers more than two millennia ago.

Mr Humpage, 42, spent six days shooting with cameraman Alister Chapman at Karasjok in the Arctic circle last week where temperatures hit -20ÂșC. "It was one of the most incredible things I've ever seen," says Mr Humpage.

"The Vikings believed the lights were contrails of Thor's chariot, pulled by three goats. I can believe this now. There were rivers of moving colours covering the whole sky from horizon to horizon.

It is hard to describe how fantastic it is to see the lights up close and personal. You tend to forget the cold and discomfort.

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