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Aurora watching? Yellowknife's the best says Japanese expert

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Doctor Yohsuke Kamide, Nagoya University Japan (l) - James Pugsley, Astronomy No

"Three reasons Yellowknife NWT is the best place to watch the Aurora Borealis"
Doctor Yohsuke Kamide, Nagoya University a Japanese Aurora Borealis expert visited Yellowknife once again Saturday March 2 2013 at the Visitors Centre.

 

 

I recorded the lecture and uploaded it to YouTube. You can also see it at the botton of this page..

The Intro is by James Pugsley, President of Astronomy North
The talk starts 00:01:36
ENDS   00:08:12
Doctor Yohsuke Kamide begins
       00:08:12
Research Area 
       00:13:03
Aurora breakup
       00:13:32
HILDCAA = High-Intensity, Long-Duration, and Continuos Auroral Activity
       00:15:17
Three key elements in appreciating auroras
       00:31:45
Key Questions regarding Auroras
       00:33:26
Particularly: Why do aurora move in that fashion?
       00:35:00
"Yellowknife: The best place in the world to see and appreciate auroras … in terms of latitude,
One of the best places in the world...
Stable weather in the winter time...
Relatively weak magnetic field strength…"
       00:37:18
Messages from auroras
       01:22:19
Talk Ends, Questions begin
       01:25:08

"….Doctor Yohsuke Kamide has been studying the Aurora over the last 50 years while working at Nagoya University in Japan. He says he has been coming to Yellowknife to view the Aurora since the early '90s. "Since then I have come here maybe 10 times, simple because Yellowknife is the best place in the world to view and study the Aurora and because of that I try to promote Yellowknife."…"

Science explains Japanese love affair with Northern Lights by Mike W. Bryant > Northern News Services
Yellowknife (Mar 06/02) [Excerpt] "… A Japanese physicist explained last Wednesday at the Explorer Hotel why they are so enraptured with the dancing lights, and dispelled some other myths.
Dr. Yosuke Kamide says fat wallets and a desire to procreate under a sky ablaze has nothing to do with the attraction.
"Aurora can be regarded as a big TV screen," said Kamide, one of 800 scientists in Japan dedicated to the study of aurora borealis.
"It is telling us all kinds of stories about the universe."
"Under the aurora, Japanese think about the universe where they came from."
The Japanese, who live in a country where sightings are rare, venture abroad in the belief that through the aurora borealis secrets about the universe may be revealed. …."

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