public radio reporter in interior Alaska covering mushing, Arctic science and happenings in the Far North

Stories from Space: Alaska’s Researchers Look to the Sky

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to cover a number of stories with scientists whose research takes place in the outer reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere and beyond. Here are a few links to some of those stories for your listening pleasure.

GI Space Physicist Anticipates Next Year’s Spacecraft Rendezvous with Dwarf Planet Pluto

A NASA spacecraft is headed for the outer reaches of the solar system. That’s the topic of a lecture hosted by the Geophysical Institute tonight (January 14, 2014).  The spacecraft is slated to rendezvous with Pluto in the middle of next year.

published: January 14, 2014

Rare ‘Red Lightning’ Garners National Attention

Fairbanks, AK – A graduate student from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks has garnered national media attention after he posted photos of a rare lightning-related phenomenon to his blog.

published: August 14, 2013

New Antenna Will Gather Geophysical Data For NASA

Fairbanks, AK – People who frequent the trails on the campus of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks may have noticed lots of construction equipment all summer long.  It’s part of a project at the Alaska Satellite Facility.  The facility is getting a new antenna this year.  In coming years, it will collect data from NASA’s polar orbiting satellites.

published: September 10, 2013

Good Aurora Forecast This Week Could Be Due to Solar Magnetic ‘Flip’

Fairbanks, AK – Geophysical Institute is forecasting strong auroras at the end of the week.  Some of that activity could be in response to changes in the suns magnetic field.  Over the next few months, the sun will undergo a magnetic flip.  Is an event that happens every eleven years, but scientists have only been able to monitor what happens at the solar poles since the 1970’s.

published: August 20, 2013


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