22-25 July 2021 Jodrell Bank Observatory

In Search of the Northern Lights

The aurora borealis or “northern lights” are stark evidence of the Earth’s link to the space environment surrounding our planet. These mysterious dancing lights in the night sky have captivated observers since ancient times. In regions bordering the Arctic Circle, aurorae feature heavily in the mythology and folklore of numerous cultures, but what causes these beautiful displays in the polar sky? Jim Wild, Professor of Space Physics at Lancaster University, will explore our planet’s intimate relationship with the Sun and reveals the science behind the northern lights.

Presented by Jim Wild

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Friday 2017