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Monday, February 23, 2009

News Flash - I Survived the Night in an Igloo But Northern Lights and Comet Hidden by Clouds

Yes, we survived our night in the igloo. My teammate, Oonah (a college student from Wales) and I stayed toasty warm; but the smallest member of our team, Eunice (a doctor from Australia) was a little cold all night. All in all, it was a successful night. The temperatures outside were in the mid -20Cs with windchill of -35Cs. Of course we did not have to deal with a windchill since we were in the igloo and the great insulating properties of the snow probably kept the temperatures inside around the -10Cs. I will post my pictures later this evening.

Unfortunately, we were not able to see any northern lights or the comet because we had clouds and snow flurries. We are keeping are fingers crossed that tonight and Tuesday night will be clear. Tuesday night is our last night together as a team. It has been a fun and challenging 1 1/2 weeks and it will sad when we all go our separate ways. Luckily, we will be able to keep in touch as most folks have Facebook and we are sharing each others addresses.

That's all for now...we are heading back out into the field this morning. The low clouds, wind, and snow flakes continue...


At February 23, 2009 at 11:46 AM , Anonymous 4th+5th VP said...

1. The aurora borealis.
2. One of the causes is the solar winds witch are a continuous flow of the Suns magic field carrying electrons and protons from the sun and they hit the magnetosphere witch is the area around the earths the earth magnetic field magnetic field is located at the poles and then They go to the atmosphere were they join gasses at the earths atmosphere.
3. Aurora Australis is another light.
4. They appear as a reddish glow and a yellowish green glow
5. Because is so close to the arctic
6. Yes but its very rare.
7. comet Lulin.
8. A comet is made up of dust and gases that moves in an orbit around the sun.
9. Yes because you can see it in Boston.
10. It appears in the southeastern sky near Saturn.

At February 23, 2009 at 12:57 PM , Anonymous mjg- 7th said...

1} another name for northern lights are Aurora Borealis.

2} the sun gives off high-energy charged particles (also called ions) that travel out into space at speeds of 300 to 1200 kilometers per second. A cloud of such particles is called plasma. The stream of plasma coming from the sun is known as the solar wind. As the solar wind interacts with the edge of the earth's magnetic field, some of the particles are trapped by it and they follow the lines of magnetic force down into the ionosphere, the section of the earth's atmosphere that extends from about 60 to 600 kilometers above the earth's surface. When the particles collide with the gases in the ionosphere they start to glow, producing the spectacle that we know as the auroras, northern and southern. The array of colors consists of red, green, blue and violet.

3} the southern polar lights, has similar properties, but is only visible has similar properties, but is only visible from high southern latitudes in Antarctica, South America, or Australasia. Australia is the Latin word for "of the South."
Benjamin Franklin first brought attention to the "mystery of the Northern Lights." He theorized the shifting lights to a concentration of electrical charges in the Polar Regions intensified by the snow and other moisture

4} Because different types of solar flare radiation traveling at different speeds hit the Earth's atmosphere thus projecting red, green, blue, and white

5} Churchill is the only easily accessible place in the world where humans can view Polar Bears in their natural habitat. Located in Northern Manitoba approximately 995 km north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Churchill is only accessible by rail or air. The community of 900 residents is nestled on the shore of the Hudson Bay at the mouth of the mighty Churchill River. This unique community stands at an ecotone, the juncture of two ecoregions; the boreal forest to the south, and the Arctic Tundra to the North. The meeting of these two regions provides a unique environment for the variety of wildlife found in Churchill. Churchill is the main Arctic Ocean seaport in North America with a rail connection to the south and an airport for transportation of goods and people.

6} no you can not because the mountains are going to block the lights.

7} sally comet

8} no it can not be seen in new York state

10you should look closer to the moon


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