Day 8 – Chasing the Sun

So today is the day our intrepid solar physicists travel back to Sunny? Southampton! Given the ridiculous hours they have had to wake up on this week’s campaign – 4am, 5am etc you would think they would be jumping on the chance of a lie in. But it seems early morning’s are their routine now! […]

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Day 7 – Life is a Labyrinth

The team are meeting at 4.20 am again, which by now seems quite normal for them. Today’s radar run is the last one of the this campaign, it’s going to be so weird tomorrow to get up at a ‘normal’ time. Good weird though. Dan has already checked the all sky camera in his room […]

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Day 1 – We Are Feeling Lucky

We (Dr Dan Whiter, lead scientist, David Price, PhD student and Dr Sadie Jones, Astronomy Public Engagement Leader) arrived in Longyearbyen yesterday afternoon. It’s Sadie’s first time in Norway, she’s never seen the aurora before (or a polar bear) and she’s super excited to be an honorary Solar Physicist for this week’s campaign. After having […]

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Day 8: ‘Well I wish it could be Campaign everyday, when the aurora starts swaying and the sky begins to play’

Dan and Jades first experiment without Josh went by quietly, for the most part, measuring only thin clouds and stars. Although this was of course disappointing, stars meant gaps in the clouds and hence the team had, for the first time since Monday, a chance of measuring the elusive northern lights! By the end of […]

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Day 7- “When you first took my hand on a cold campaign eve, You promised me aurora was waiting for me”

The storm has arrived! Last night, just after midnight, the much discussed storm reached Longyearbyen and subsequently the Breinosa mountain. Team DW watched from atop the mountain with anticipation – this was a high stakes game and the team had called the storms bluff . By deciding to attend the radar run, the team was […]

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