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The Planeterrella - Polar Light Simulation

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Published on Jan 6, 2014

Dr Gabrielle Provan of the University of Leicester Physics & Astronomy department demonstrates how Aurora Borealis (or the Northern Lights) are created.

Using a Planeterrella designed by CNRS scientist Jean Lilensten she recreates Kristian Birkeland's 100+ year old experiment. Showing how charged particles within solar winds coming from our Sun collide with atoms in the Earth's atmosphere to create a natural light display.

For more information about the Planeterrella see;
http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/phys...

For more information about CNRS see;
http://planeterrella.osug.fr/spip.php...

This film was produced by External Relations, University of Leicester.

Filmed & Edited by Carl Vivian
Produced by Dr Gabrielle Provan

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