[ASC-list] Free Sydney public talk – The Aurora: Nature’s Lightshow in the Sky

Carla Avolio carlaavolio at gmail.com
Wed Jul 9 03:39:36 UTC 2008

*Free public talk – The Aurora: Nature's Lightshow in the Sky*

*Professor Craig Kletzing*
*University** of Sydney** International Visiting Research Fellow,*
*And Professor of Physics and Astronomy,
University of Iowa, USA*

* *
The aurora has been a source of wonder for humanity since the earliest
times. This natural phenomenon of dancing patterns of light and color
continues to intrigue space scientists the world over. The fundamental power
source for the Aurora is the sun's solar wind, which interacts with the
Earth's magnetic field beyond the atmosphere to energise particles and
create the light that we see.

In the style of the great Julius Sumner Miller, this talk includes *live
demonstrations* to illustrate some of the basic physics ideas using
equipment from the School of Physics. Afterwards, there will be an
opportunity for audience members of all ages to speak to Dr Kletzing and see
the equipment up close.

*Date:* Thursday August 7th, 2008

*Time:* 6.30 – 7.30 PM (light refreshments from 6pm)
Venue:* Slade Lecture Theatre, School of Physics, University of Sydney,
Camperdown Campus

*RSVP:* Hyacinth Alfonso, halfonso at physics.usyd.edu.au or 9036 5370 with
your name and number of seats required.
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