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UI's Scudder Makes First Observations of Process Linked to Northern Lights


June 1, 2012

diffuse gas flows outward from the sun Jack Scudder, University of Iowa professor of physics and astronomy, and his colleagues have reached a milestone in describing how the northern lights work by way of a process called "magnetic reconnection." The details are contained in a paper published in the June 5 issue of the journal Physical Review Letters; however, the process is best imagined as untangling twisted strands of spaghetti. Full Story

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