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National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 to Thursday, May 16, 2013, from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Strand Union Building, Ballroom B & C, United States

MSU is one of the partners in NASA's IRIS mission to study the transfer of energy through the sun's atmosphere. In conjunction with the mission, currently set to launch June 26, the Montana Space Grant Consortium will hold the 2013 National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition.

Seventeen teams from Arkansas, California, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, South Carolina, New York and Washington built and designed optical instruments, called spectrographs, that they will use to collect data from the sun.

The National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition is free and open to the public. The weather-dependent schedule calls for students to collect solar information from the roof of AJM Hall between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16.  Simultaneously, students will give 10-minute talks in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building. The final results will be presented in the Procrastinator Theater starting at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 17.

An open house and free family event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in SUB Ballrooms B, C and D. This will be a perfect time for visitors to see the accomplishments of each team. In addition, MSU solar physicist Charles Kankelborg will speak about NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission at 6 p.m.

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