Department of Physics

Space Physics Images 2004-2005

Images from the Otago Space Physics Group (2004-2005)

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Dr. Craig Rodger standing outside the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory building in Lapland, Finland, during a light snowfall. Craig is wearing Otago University academic regalia having just finished his role as the official Opponent in a public examination of a doctoral thesis. More images from this event have been put on a Finnish website! (Photo courtesy of Tero Raita, Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory) [17 December 2005].

University of Otago Physics doctoral student Adam Norrie (centre), who recently won a Royal Society of New Zealand Hatherton Award, shares a moment of celebration with previous Otago University winners Robert McCormick (left) and Dr Craig Rodger (photo courtesy of Otago Daily Times, 6 December 2005). Full story accompanying this picture is available.


Dr. Esa Turunen (Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory) enjoying lunch at the University of Otago's Staff Club during his visit in November 2005.

Dr. Esa Turunen (Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory) by the banks of the Leith River outside the Department of Physics. Esa visited us for 2 weeks in November 2005 to plan future collaborations focusing on the effects of Relativistic Electron Precipitation.

Space Physics PhD student Robert McCormick meets the Honourable President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam at his official residence during the Young Scientists’ Tea Party. The visit took place during the XXVIIIth General Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI)  (October 2005), held in New Delhi, India. Robert received an URSI Young Scientists Award to attend this conference.

Craig Rodger visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra (India). The visit took place during the XXVIIIth General Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI)  (October 2005), held in New Delhi, India.

Dr. Neil Thomson (left) and  Dr. Craig Rodger in front of a full size model of an Ariane 5 space rocket (55 meters high) in the Cité de l'Espace space museum on the outskirts of Toulouse, France. During the IAGA 2005 Scientific Assembly in July 2005.

Drinks at the end of the Scientific sessions of the Coupling of Atmospheric Layers:Mid-term Review and Science Meeting at Elounda, Crete, Greece (June 2004). At the back of the bar, Craig Rodger and Colin Price (Tel Aviv University), at the front, Massimiliano Ignaccolo and Martin Fullekrug (Bath University). This beach was just a few minutes walk from the conference hotel, a great place to stay in Crete!

Our farewell dinner to see off Dr. Janos Lichtenberger (Eotvos University) at the end of his visit to the Otago University group. Space Physics students Robert McCormick and Greg Mcdowell are seated across from Janos (May 2005). The picture was taken at the India Garden Restaurant on Hanover St, which the Otago Space Physics Group recommends!

Dr. Janos Lichtenberger (Eotvos University, Hungary) in the Catlins, south of Dunedin, during Janos's visit to New Zealand (May 2005).

Simon Werner and Craig Rodger. Simon worked as a Research Assistant inside the Space Physics group during 2004 and 2005, before leaving for Switzerland in mid-May 2005. This picture from the Robbie Burns Pub, Dunedin.

Craig Rodger visiting Cape Agulhas, Africa's southern-most point, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. The visit took place during the Workshop on Energetic Electron Radiation Belt Dynamics  (March 2005), hosted by the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory, South Africa. The name is a apparently a corruption from Portuguese for "needle", as these early explorers found this Cape was located at zero magnetic declination.

Mark Clilverd (British Antarctic Survey) and Craig Rodger at Nugget Point in the Catlins, south of Dunedin, during Mark's visit to New Zealand (mid-December 2004-mid-January 2005).

Tom Broux, who worked in the Space Physics research group as an intern over the Summer over 2004-05. Tom is from Belgium, and has been studying Physics at the Technical University Eindhoven (Holland). Here visiting the Signal Hill lookout above Dunedin City.

Dr. Neil Thomson (centre) discusses a Finnish VLF loop antenna with Prof. Tauno Turunen (Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory) in the forest very near the Lapland Observatory. During the Sodankylä Geophysical Observatory 2004 VLF workshop in September 2004.

Dr. Janos Lichtenberger (Eotvos University), Dr. Craig Rodger with Mark Clilverd (British Antarctic Survey) and family, on the roof of the Eotvos University in Budapest (Hungary). Craig and Mark visited Janos in August 2004 to discuss collaborative projects.

Dr. Craig Rodger, Rob Moore (Stanford Univ.) and Dr. Yoav Yair (Open Univ. of Israel) at the swimming hole just outside of the town of Corte (Corsica, France) during the NATO ASI on Sprites, Elves and Intense Lightning Discharges (photo courtesy of Victor Pasko, Pennsylvania State Univ)  [July 2004].

Dr. Craig Rodger, Prof. Colin Price (Tel Aviv University), and Dr. Yoav Yair (Open University of Israel) in front of the Corte Fortress in the backdrop, during the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Sprites, Elves and Intense Lightning Discharges in Corsica, France  (photo courtesy of Mitsunori Ozaki of Kanazawa University). [July 2004]

2004 Space Physics Honours students Jonathan Nielsen and Michael Grant.

Dr. Craig Rodger and Assoc. Prof. Neil Thomson with the 4 November 2003 "Superflare" projected in the background (photo courtesy of Otago Daily Times, 17 March 2004; Extreme UV image of flare courtesy of SOHO).

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