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April 12, 2002

UW-RF Sponsors Presentation On Northern Lights

The beautiful and often eerie curtains of light in the nighttime sky known as the "northern lights" have intrigued people for millennia. Many legends, myths and superstitions have revolved around the northern lights, but it is only in the last 40 years that scientists have begun to understand what causes them.

The phenomenon will be the topic of a presentation by UW-River Falls physics Lecturer Andreas Keiling on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 152 of Centennial Science Hall. At 8:30 p.m., weather permitting, there will be an open observing session.

The event is sponsored by the Society of Physics Students and the UW-RF physics department. There is no charge, and the public is welcome.

For further information about public observing sessions at UW-RF, visit

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