Arnold Barks Christmas Lecture: Aurora (6th Dec)

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Arnold Barks Christmas Lecture 2017

Aurora: in Search of the Northern Lights

Wed 6th December 2017

Aurora Canada 2017- Dr Melanie Windridge

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Event Summary 


What: 12th Arnold Barks Memorial Christmas Lecture 

             with wine and canapé reception

When: Wed 6th December 2017, 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Where: Salisbury Arts Centre, Bedwin St, Salisbury, SP1 3UT

How Much: £10 per ticket (includes wine and canapé reception)

Lecture by Dr Melanie Windridge

Do we really understand the northern lights?  Tour operators will have us believe that we do, but there are still mysteries hidden behind the dancing curtains of light.

Interweaving the science with a background of their history, folklore and changing landscape, Aurora brings together space, place and science in magnificent style. In a journey that takes her through Scandinavia, Canada and Svalbard, culminating in a spectacular solar eclipse, Dr Melanie Windridge delves into the Northern Lights.
This beautiful and inspiring lecture will describe our connection to the Sun, the scientific processes behind the polar lights, and some of the unwanted technological effects of Space Weather – with beautiful images and adventure stories.

Aurora - Book Cover Image (High Res)Dr Melanie Windridge  - Headshot

Taster Video about the Aurora

Aurora Talk Flyer

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Additional Info

During the morning a talk will be given to years 5 and 6 of local Primary schools at Broad Chalke School.

During the afternoon, there will be a lecture presented to school children at Bishop Wordsworth’s School.  


Dr Melanie Windridge is a plasma physicist, TV presenter, speaker, writer… with a taste for adventure. She has a PhD in plasma physics (fusion energy) from Imperial College London. Melanie is due to appear on BBC Four's 'Sky at Night' programme on Sunday 10 December 2017.


Salisbury Arts Centre
Bedwin Street
United Kingdom

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Alternative contact David Aldridge
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