Aurora on Ch4

Although daytime TV isn't a likely place to find good astronomy, there was an excellent segment on the northern lights hidden away in The 100 Hottest Web Searches 2005 today. According to MSN search, the 68th most searched for phrase of 2005 (minus 'naughty' words and a few other things) was "Aurora Borealis". But rather than just relying on the standard celebrity 'talking heads' to discuss it, they actually let space scientist Dr Jim Wild have a couple of minutes to explain what causes the aurora. He used a nice animated diagram displayed on, appropriately, a plasma screen. He then showed us a magnetometer and even a couple of graphs from the Aurora Watch service (20,000 subscribers). Great science in a glossy '100 best' show. Fantastic!

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Tuesday 16th May 2006 (23:47 UTC) | Permalink
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