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UAF Considers Possibility Of ‘Aurorium’

By | September 11, 2012 - 5:04 pm

The advance of darkness means the return of prime aurora viewing season in interior Alaska, but a project being considered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks could make watching the northern lights a year round experience. UAF geophysical Institute director Bob McCoy says the facility would be similar to a portable planetarium.

McCoy says the “aurorium” would offer a realistic experience by employing three dimensional projection of actual aurora recorded by an all sky fish eye lens camera. He says the Geophysical Institute is working on the video, but that funding for the facility, which could be located on campus, at Pioneer Park or at Chena Hot Springs, still has to be secured.

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