Technical Visits: IRF, meteors

What are they, where do they come from and how do we study them?
IRF studies meteors (falling stars) with the help of sensitive instruments that reveal various aspects of the dust particles from space that cause this phenomenon. These instruments include the incoherent scatter radar EISCAT and the optical network ALIS, Auroral Large Imaging System. Meteor research broadens our knowledge of the origin and development of the solar system and is of interest in our search for new worlds to live on. Knowing about dust particles in space is also important for future manned space missions and for planning bases on the moon and on Mars.

LECTURER: Professor Asta Pellinen-Wannberg (IRF and Umeå University)
CONTENT: General information and a guided tour of IRF, about 40-45 minutes. Lecture of about 45 minutes.
TIME: Approximately half a day or 2-2½ hours.
AVAILABILITY: Year-round, upon request.