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Icelandic and Japanese Northern Lights Research Presented

Professor Natsuo Sato of the National Institute of Polar Research in Japan will give a lecture at the University of Iceland today about the 30-year history of research on the aurora borealis by Icelandic and Japanese scientists.

northern_lights_thingvellir_psPhoto: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Auroral research has been conducted at three observation sites in Iceland in cooperation between the Japanese National Institute of Polar Research and the Science Institute at the University of Iceland.

A description of the lecture reads in part: “Charged particles in the magnetosphere move along magnetic field lines and thus it is commonly assumed that the aurora borealis (Northern Hemisphere) and aurora australis (Southern Hemisphere) are mirror images of each other.” According to the research results, occurrences of mirror image aurora are in fact rare.

The lecture, which is free of charge and open to everyone, will be held at 4 pm in the university’s Hátíðarsalur lecture room in the Aðalbygging main building.

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