2015 is also the International Year of Light. The Academy of Grenoble launched a competition on this theme. A group of students of the collège (high school) Frédéric Mistral in the city of Saint Maurice l’Exil, supervised by a dynamic team of science teachers (Caroline Nowak, Pascale Feuillant, Charlotte White, Marie-Hélène Jurdi, Magali Zache, Lise Guillois, Magalie Caron, Rachel Neat) was put to work and won the contest amongst 130 schools. The Planeterrella was invited to the awards ceremony, (...)
Carine Souplet is a dynamic journalist, coupled with an outstanding organizer. In the small town Trilport (77), where she grew up, she is very active with her previous astronomy amateur club. She organized a great exhibition devoted to auroras May 29th - 31st, where the Planeterrella was exhibited (that from Meudon observatory). The local edition of the journal Le Parisien Libéré (...)
Astronomy magazine is a monthly news magazine full of information on astronomy, mainly towards an audience of amateur astronomers. It includes tests and comparisons of equipment, observation tips, feature articles on astro ... In April 2015, Astronomy magazine published an article on the aurora with an extract that is available here on the Planeterrella
The Planeterrella is not the only topics of this voluminous article. The journalist Emilie Martin, accompanied us for an Arctic mission devoted to auroral observations. The Planeterrella was of course the subject of several discussions between my old friend Mathieu and me : she has kindly reported in his article.
Eva van den Berg is a journalist of extraordinary dedication : she translated her article in English in just to make me proofread ! We talked a lot on the phone. I told her to interview my friends in Alcala, while my friends in Alcala were telling her to interview me ...
The beautiful illustrations are due to the great photographer, aurora hunter Olivier Grunewald.
Once again, it is the dynamism of Mansongsong Manual which earned the honor of a communication in the world’s largest geophysical meeting. The abstract can be read on :
or downloaded here ...
When the cycle of Planeterrella demonstrations happened in the Museum of Science and Techniques of Oslo in September 2014, a blog specializing in science made the following report :
A local newspaper reported on these demonstrations, and the visit made to Birkeland (...)
Planeterrella had the honor of a long article in the mainstream scientific magazine Science et Avenir (in French) in June 2014. The journalist Audrey Boehly has shown extraordinary patience and kindness to understand and illustrate the experiment in a superb way. The newspaper gave us approval to let this article for download on this site. Thank you !
The team of Alcala is very dynamic : it lent its Planeterrella to the second Spanish television channel to explain the auroras :
On the following image, we see Antonio Guerrero Ortega on the left who, with Consuelo Cid, was the driving force to create a Planeterrella (...)
The Planeterrella at the IUT of Bourges, in the Centre region (France) is led by a team of great dynamism. The first light took place at the Science Festival in October 2013, and already two articles talk about it in the Berry Republican newspaper.
In the edition of October 8:
And that of 12:
The teatchers and the students of the Physics technical University in Bourges, in the center of France, organized the 5th of April, 2013, a large exhibition devoted to the sciences, in order to get the undergraduates interested in sciences. Tenth of experiments were shown for hundreds of pupils. A very inspiring ambiance.
The Planeterrella was of course present. The tale of this enthusiastic day was broadcasted on the local news in the FR3 (...)
Pont de Claix is a city in the Grenoble area which is particularly dynamics. Its Mayor is himself a Geophysicist. He recently initiated a great Art and Sciences project for his city. The City journal honored the Planeterrella in January 2013.
Since 2006, the inhabitants of Tauxigny, a small city in the Touraine region organize the "Festival of Contemplation" (http://www.festivaldelacontemplation.fr/). During one day and a half, arts and astronomy are offered to the public. Concerts, painting and sculpture exhibits, observation of the Sun, of the night sky, planetarium... Un gigantic moment, happy and friendly. In 2011 and 2012, the organizers invited the Planeterrella for a non-stop demonstration show.
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11 and 18 September, 2011, Wolfgang Würker presented his film on Kristian Birkeland on the television channel ZDF (the second German public channel). This beautiful film can be viewed on-film.de www.paolo ("Himmelsfeuer in der ZDF-Mediathek"). The planeterrella is presented.
March 30, 2011, France Inter "La Tête au carré" broadcast was devoted to the aurora. An opportunity to present vocally the Planeterrella (in French). Listen to it here :
A program devoted to the passion of the Northern light and on the Planeterrella, November 2, 2010, on the local radio France Bleue Isère (in French). Listen to it here :
Blog Physicsworld.com - An aurora in the laboratory
Jamy showed Meudon Planeterrella ((http://www.lesia.obspm.fr/La-planeterrella-dans-Incroyables.html) in his show « incredible experience » (Expériences (http://programmes.france3.fr/incroyables-experiences/index.php?page=article&numsite=3044&id_article=8534&id_rubrique=3047). This broadcast has been so successful that a replay was held for the release of Christmas 2009.