November 15, 2016 – On November 5, 2016 UCAR/NCAR held its annual Super Science Saturday event at the Mesa Lab in Boulder, Colorado. Approximately a thousand visitors attended the event and were treated to a variety of interactive exhibits including hands-on activities, Science Wizard shows and demonstrations that illustrated fundamental scientific discovery in a fun and engaging environment.
High Altitude Observatory (HAO) scientists and engineers were on hand with a variety of experiments and equipment that included: a solar telescope for viewing the Sun’s chromosphere in an emission line of Hydrogen known as H-alpha; a solar eclipse experiment to educate the public about the Great American Eclipse that will occur on August 21, 2017; experiments that highlighted various properties of light using an Infrared camera, ultraviolet and optical emission lamps; numerous hands-on experiments for learning about magnetism and how it plays a fundamental role in the production of Space Weather.
Phil Judge, Dennis Gallagher, Scott Sewell and Ricky Egeland of HAO devised the eclipse experiment that illustrated how and why solar eclipses occur and allowed the public to experience the difference between seeing a partial solar eclipse and a total solar eclipse.
Dennis Gallagher of HAO set up and manned the solar telescope that treated the public to a view of the solar chromosphere.
Scientists Ricky Egeland, Matthias Rempel, Maulik Patel, Wenxian Li, Tong Dang, Alberto Sainz-Dalda, and Joan Burkepile explained the science behind the experiments and how scientists use light and magnetism to study our Sun, the Earth and the Universe.
UCAR is the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, which provides education and research services and manages NCAR under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation. This annual event brings kids and adults together to explore hands-on activities, think about new ideas, and learn about science.