Anchorage: "Sounds of the Aurora" to launch 2005 lecture series

Release Date: 
Thursday, January 20, 2005

For Immediate Release

Have you ever heard the aurora? If so, you're not alone. Many claim to have heard noises while watching the aurora, but the phenomenon is still a mystery to scientists.

In the first installment of the 2005 Science for Alaska Lecture Series, Dirk Lummerzheim, a professor of aeronomy at the Geophysical Institute, will discuss why these sounds continue to puzzle aurora experts. His lecture, "Sounds of the Aurora and Other Persistent Mysteries," will cover the types of sounds reported by people of the North. In addition to the sounds, Lummerzheim also will explain what creates each of the colors that appear in the aurora, including the beautiful, yet rare, red aurora.

The hour-long lecture is free and will begin at 7:15 p.m., January 24, at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium, UAA. Show up 20 minutes early and listen to sounds of the aurora recorded from space in a family-friendly demonstration!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Information on all lectures and presenters in the 2005 Science for Alaska Lecture Series is available at http://www.scienceforalaska.com.

CONTACT:
Dirk Lummerzheim, Geophysical Institute Professor of Aeronomy, UAF: (907) 474-7564
Dave Pfeiffer, Anchorage Coordinator: (907) 786-7762
Amy Hartley, Geophysical Institute Information Officer: (907) 474-5823

 

***The 2005 Science for Alaska Lecture Series schedule to follow***

The 2005 Science for Alaska Lecture Series: Anchorage Schedule

All lectures are free and open to the public. Lectures begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Monday, Jan. 24: "Sounds of the Aurora and Other Persistent Mysteries"
Presented by Professor Dirk Lummerzheim, Geophysical Institute, UAF

Monday, Jan. 31: "Kings of the Arctic: Polar Bears in Alaska"
Presented by Wildlife Biologist Scott Schliebe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—Alaska

Monday, Feb. 7: "Alaska's Caves: Unlocking the Secrets to Our Past"
Presented by Assistant Professor Daniel Monteith, UAS

Monday, Feb. 14: "Alaska's Wildfires and How They Affect Our Health"
Presented by Associate Professor Cathy Cahill, Geophysical Institute, UAF

Monday, Feb. 21: "Diving with Alaska's Steller Sea Lions"
Presented by Assistant Professor Jennifer Burns, UAA

Monday, Feb. 28: "The Search for Water and Life on Mars"
Presented by Professor Buck Sharpton, Geophysical Institute, UAF

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Information on all lectures and presenters in the 2005 Science for Alaska Lecture Series is available online at http://www.scienceforalaska.com.

CONTACT
Dave Pfeiffer, Anchorage Coordinator: (907) 786-7762
Amy Hartley, Geophysical Institute Information Officer: (907) 474-5823