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Virtual WN@tL: ” The Aurora: From Above & Below”
June 23 @ 7:00 pm
Speaker: Margaret Mooney, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies; & Dixie Burbank, Dixie J. Digital
Bios Margaret Mooney works for NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellites (CIMSS) at the UW-Madison. A favorite part of her workday is checking whether satellites captured the aurora overnight!
Dixie J Burbank is a travel enthusiast and amateur night photographer who extends travel opportunities to groups for affordable trips to view and photograph the Northern Lights. Offering unique experiences from Dixie J Digital, she has traveled since 2012 to destinations under the auroral oval, giving people the opportunity to see areas that boast the best potential for light displays. She assists travelers with camera settings and the basic photography skills necessary to capture the lights. Her adventures feature local sights and side trips, with the goal of experiencing local culture. Dixie’s groups have traveled to Alaska, Finland, and Norway, sharing lodging and meal expenses to make the trips affordable, while remaining flexible to sight-see as much as possible with a focus on the night sky. With her Aurora Chasing Travelogue, she shares pointers and advice with like-minded people in search of observing and photographing the Northern Lights in locations best known for dynamic, mind-blowing auroral displays.
Her portion of the presentation will show examples of aurora photographs compared to the predictions and forecasts and what those forecasts mean for viewing. She will compare activity in the southern Wisconsin area versus areas directly under the auroral oval. Many of these nights will correlate with the satellite images presented by Margaret.
Description: The duo will share insights into how researchers and sky gazers can view the Northern Lights from earth and from the heavens. They will compare and contrast the photographer’s perspective with satellite imagery of the Aurora Borealis.