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26.4 x 38.1 cm ⏐ 10.4 x 15.0 in (300dpi)
ALAN SIRULNIKOFF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ALAN SIRULNIKOFF / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Tracking antenna. Time-exposure image of star trails and an aurora borealis, or northern lights, display silhouetting a satellite-tracking antenna at Poker Flat Research Range (PFRR), Alaska, USA. The antenna tracks, and receives data from, polar- orbiting satellites. These satellites, and other equipment including meteorological balloons and sounding (non-orbiting) rockets, collect data on the Arctic atmosphere. Much of the research is on the aurorae, the light displays (visible at night) that result from the hundreds-of-kilometres-high atmospheric impacts of charged particles from the Sun. These particles are drawn to the polar regions by the Earth's magnetic field.
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