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    Posted on January 29th, 2012 Lynn Powers No comments

    “Sold Out” was what the signs on the doors to the Museum of the Rockies said last night shortly after the doors opened.  The Hagar Auditorium was filled to capacity for the kick off of the 2012 Winter Lecture Series.  A local television news camera was already set up in the lobby by the time our speaker, Dr. Joseph Shaw, arrived early at the museum.  Dr. Joe Shaw is a professor at Montana State University and the director of the Optical Technology Center, he was scheduled to come to talk about “Enjoying the Aurora in Montana’ as well as announce the launching (in beta) of the new Aurora Detection Network , based out of MSU.  Everybody loves aurora’s, so when the local paper picked up the announcement for the lecture, the Chronicle decided to put full color pictures and an article on the front page of Friday’s paper Lighting up the Night .  Seeing the large influx of visitors, Joe quickly offered to do two lectures, back to back.  The Hagar was quickly filled twice.  The lecture was  interactive, very informative and filled with awesome aurora pictures.

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