“I first came to Fairbanks as an undergraduate summer research intern with the space physics group. At the time, auroral physics sounded interesting, but the midnight sun did little to motivate further study. Later, while taking an observational astronomy class in Minnesota, I saw the aurora for the first time! The rest is history. I returned to UAF for graduate school and my entire career path has basically been focused on the aurora. Recently, I have been fascinated with Jupiter’s and Saturn’s aurorae.”
In the office of Peter Delamere, a Geophysical Institute space physicist and professor, as he describes his decision to return to Fairbanks.