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USU's Science Unwrapped 'Chases Northern Lights’ Friday, Feb. 21

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

graphic poster for USU Feb. 21 Science Unwrapped activity

USU physicist Mike Taylor explores mysteries of Earth's upper atmosphere at Science Unwrapped Friday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. on campus. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

activities at a USU Science Unwrapped event

Now in its fifth year, Science Unwrapped, an outreach program of USU's College of Science, features hands-on learning activities all ages can enjoy together. The next event is Friday, Feb. 21.

High above the Earth’s surface, amazing activity takes place forming dazzling displays of colored lights caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere. We Earthlings enjoy these spectacles as auroras: “The Northern Lights,” “The Southern Lights” and “Dance of the Spirits.”

Friday, Feb. 21, Utah State University’s Science Unwrapped welcomes physicist Mike Taylor, who’ll talk about these amazing phenomena and other mysteries of the upper atmosphere.  Taylor, professor in USU’s Department of Physics, presents “Chasing the Northern Lights, Sprites and Other Mysteries of the Night Sky” at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium (Room 130) of the Eccles Science Learning Center. His talk is free and open to all ages.

Hands-on learning activities and exhibits follow Taylor’s talk. Exhibitors include USU’s “Green Beam” team, USU Department of Physics, USU Science Educators, the USU chapter of the Society of Physics Students, USU Space Weather Center, USU Department of Geology and more.

Hosted by USU’s College of Science, Taylor’s talk is part of Science Unwrapped’s spring 2014 “Science Superpowers” series.

For more information, call 435-797-3517, visit the Science Unwrapped website or view the ‘Science Unwrapped at USU’ Facebook page.

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USU College of Science

Contact: Nancy Huntly, 435-797-2555,

Writer: Mary-Ann Muffoletto, 435-797-3517,

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