The team met at Yellowknife airport.
Duke Johnson (me) I am the expedition leader. I hold a masters degree in space science, and am currently the education/exhibits manager at Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City. My passion for place-based astrophotography and the experience of going to Yellowknife once before in 2001 are helping inform decisions made on this expedition.
Dr. Cherilynn Morrow is leading the team’s public outreach and blogging initiative. Her PhD is in solar physics and she has many years of experience teaching undergraduates and science teachers. She was a NASA senior scientist who advised educational efforts on several space missions. Cherilynn and I share a passion for the joy and effectiveness of kinesthetic teaching and learning.
Will Stoll is assisting the overall photographic and outreach mission. In particular, he is
coordinating the educational outreach of our adventure to several K-12 schools. He is a high school physics teacher, experienced outdoorsman, world traveler, and a PhD candidate in science education. Will and Cheri are collaborating on research related to study the pathways of graduate students into the field of solar and space physics.
The team convened in Yellowknife on Monday, March 4, 2013.
The first night out for the full team was quite cloudy, but we did get a great show for an hour before the sky shut out the aurora all together.
It was amazing! They were both blown away by the complexity of the twists and turns in the aurora and the way it moved so quickly through the sky. We waited until a little after 3 am and then came in for a few hours sleep.