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Denver by way of the Aurora Borealis

20 Jul 2012, 21:18 UTC
Denver by way of the Aurora Borealis Bob King
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I keep running into the aurora borealis. This morning it popped up as a gaming locale in the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. While colorful, I’ll admit the display was a bit on the static side. I’m headed to Denver to the … Continue reading →

A sighting of the Aurora Borealis in the Minneapolis Airport Friday. This was definitely not in the forecast. Photo: Bob King
I keep running into the aurora borealis. This morning it popped up as a gaming locale in the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. While colorful, I’ll admit the display was a bit on the static side.
I’m headed to Denver to the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) today to attend a conference for new media folks on a wide variety of space topics by a great lineup of speakers. Presentations include the moons of Mars, the Kuiper Belt, lunar dust, the aerospace industry and what makes a planet a planet. The last will be given by none other than Alan Stern, the principal investigator for the New Horizon’s mission to Pluto. You’ll all recall that Pluto was “demoted” to dwarf planet status several years back.
I hope to learn a lot, ask a few burning ...

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