Earth Week

Earth Week Earth Day Dr. Martin Connors Athabasca University Science Ecology Biology AthaU AU University Canada Edmonton Calgary Alberta

As spring makes us look to the renewal of the Earth, Earth Week makes us wonder how to make informed decisions about environmental matters. Earth Week began in 1970, through the call of U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, to have a “National Environmental Teach-in." A 'teach-in' will remind many of us (who lived through) the 1960s protest movements (those of us who weren't yet born, … [Read more...]

Auroras Explode Over Athabasca

On September 22, 2017, Martin Connors and his team were at the Athabasca University Observatory for an Alberta Robotic Telescope project workshop and as luck would have it, they were in for an explosive night. Faint aurora covering the whole sky is not unusual in Athabasca (left picture), but scientists at the university’s Geospace Observatory were surprised to see such an aurora … [Read more...]