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Old 07-12-2009, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Professor Akasofu, the founder and former director of the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University Of Alaska, Fairbanks has studied the Northern Lights in Alaska for years, and has written a book on this subject.

This article was published at the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, and gives you an idea about the book:
newsminer.com • Akasofu's book reveals secrets of the northern lights
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Old 07-12-2009, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Professor Akasofu, the founder and former director of the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) at the University Of Alaska, Fairbanks has studied the Northern Lights in Alaska for years, and has written a book on this subject.

This article was published at the Fairbanks Daily News Miner, and gives you an idea about the book:
newsminer.com • Akasofu's book reveals secrets of the northern lights
Nah... It would take all the beauty out of sitting outside at -40 in my Arctic gear watching them at night!

Sometimes being amazed is a neat thing!

But thanks!
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Old 07-12-2009, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Too far from Alaska
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You know... understanding why things happen the way they do brings on a new level of joy!
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Old 07-12-2009, 06:07 PM
 
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Are you interested in understanding Northern Lights?
Is that a trick question?
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Old 07-12-2009, 06:15 PM
 
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I did a search on Amazon and if its this book, the prices are all over the place.

Amazon.com: Secrets of the Aurora Borealis (Alaska Geographic): Syun-Ichi Akasofu: Books

I would assume though that they must sell it at the UAF bookstore or the gift store at the Museum? Maybe I'll look for it next time I'm in Fairbanks.
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Old 07-12-2009, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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It's charged particles. From solar wind off the sun. Slamming the earths atmosphere and interacting with the oxygen or nitrogen etc, to create the different colors. What more is there to know?
Well...other than it supposedly makes for babies while having intimate relations under a full northernlight show.

Oh...and they sound like rice krispies!
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Old 07-12-2009, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Interior alaska
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Well the truth be known, sadly most of us have already found out what causes the ions to light up during a solar flare... Just like what makes a neon light work with different colors as they strike the different gases.

Although I much prefered the Jack Frost version of riding the Ice Worm accross the sky....

Whistling makes them come closer and flapping sheets just out of the dryer makes them move faster...
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Old 07-12-2009, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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And yelling at them makes them dance like crazy!
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Old 07-12-2009, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Too far from Alaska
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Don't your lungs shatter when yelling at -40???
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Old 07-13-2009, 01:56 AM
 
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I tell people that they sizzle, and they look at me like I'm crazy.
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