News Releases

February 15, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseFAIRBANKS, Alaska—Electrical engineer Denise Thorsen has been selected as director-elect of the Alaska Space Grant Program.Thorsen says she plans to expand the statewide space-education program to reach more students across the state. Her vision is to promote the existing Space Grant programs, while laying a foundation for further growth. Such plans could bolster interest in...
February 15, 2011
A comet's make-up is still a mystery. Scientists believe they're filled with ice, dust, and perhaps the building blocks for life, but they've never been able to get an up close and personal look. On July 3, 2005 all of this will change with a mission dubbed "Deep Impact."The Deep Impact spacecraft is entering the final days of a six-month journey to reach the comet Tempel 1 on Sunday, July 3....
February 15, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEA powerful solar flare that resulted in active aurora displays Tuesday night and Wednesday morning may also trigger outstanding displays on Wednesday evening. “If the skies clear up tonight, it’s going to be a whopping good aurora,” said Charles Deehr, a professor emeritus and aurora forecaster at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute.Solar flares are...
February 15, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseWith just a few clicks, aurora watchers can go online and find out when to anticipate aurora activity and where they can see it. The Geophysical Institute Aurora Forecast Web page has undergone a major revamp to include a one-hour forecast, a 28-day forecast and much more, all found at http://www.gedds.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast.Public input spurred changes to the Web page...
February 15, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseTonight Alaskans will see the full moon glowing an eerie red due to a total lunar eclipse. Earth's shadow will completely consume the moon 30 minutes after it rises. It will appear red until about 7:45 p.m. and will slowly begin to fade as it moves out of Earth's shadow. By 9:00 p.m. the moon will have passed completely through Earth's shadow and will return to...
February 15, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEScientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute will be teaming with those at ten other institutions to take part in the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) mission over the next six years. The mission, recently funded by NASA as part of the Small Explorer program, will study clouds at the edge of space to resolve why they form and...
February 15, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAnother powerful solar flare has reached Earth on the heels of an enormous flare, giving Alaskans a great chance for aurora viewing in the next few nights. The most recent solar flare exploded from the surface of the sun at about 11:40 a.m. Alaska time, October 29, and researchers at the UAF Geophysical Institute say it arrived at Earth at about noon Alaska...
February 15, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe 2002 Leonid meteor showers will be visible in Alaska the evening of Monday, November 18th, weather permitting. This year’s storm is forecasted to be up to two times more active than last year.The storm will feature two peaks throughout the night. The first peak will occur from about 6:00-8:00 pm, with the maximum number of meteors of 50-100 per minute expected...
February 15, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe second largest geomagnetic storm on record has allowed people in mid-latitudes to see the aurora borealis and could possibly make for outstanding aurora viewing over Alaska through Saturday, November 22.The geomagnetic storm, which began at about 11 a.m. Alaska time on November 20, 2003, was the largest recorded storm since a storm in March 1989 knocked out...
February 15, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseThe Geophysical Institute has a professor and graduate student participating in the NASA hypervelocity re-entry campaign for the Stardust sample return capsule. The Stardust vehicle will release the capsule into Earth's atmosphere at 12:56 a.m. on Sunday, January 15. The capsule, containing interstellar dust from the Wild 2 comet, will re-enter at a whopping 28...