H.M. Queen Sonja visited the KHO
Top image: Master student Henrik Bjørklund, post doc Margit Dyrland, adjunct assoc. professor Pål Brekke, H.M. Queen Sonja, director Ole Arve Misund, assoc. professor Lisa Baddeley, professor Dag Lorentzen, PhD candidate Silje Eriksen Holmen, professor Fred Sigernes and PhD candidate Xiangcai Chen. (Photo: Pål Brekke/UNIS).
Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway visited our auroral station, the Kjell Henriksen Observatory (KHO), on Friday 1 February. Together with the Governor of Svalbard she got an introduction to the aurora science performed at KHO.
5 February 2013
Text: Eva Therese Jenssen / UNIS
Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway visited Longyearbyen from 30 January until 1 February. Her official program consisted of opening an art exhibition where her own artwork inspired by Svalbard was on display. She also opened the annual Polarjazz festival Thursday evening.
The day after H.M. Queen Sonja visited the Kjell Henriksen Observatory (KHO) together with friends. Friday morning the Queen and her entourage were escorted by belt wagon up on the mountain “Breinosa” together with the Governor of Svalbard, Mr. Odd Olsen Ingerø.
Up at the observatory, Queen Sonja got an introduction to auroral science by Professor Dag Lorentzen, learned about the dayside aurora and airglow and inspected key instruments guided by, among others, Post Doc Margit Dyrland and PhD candidate Silje Eriksen Holmen.
KHO chief, Professor Fred Sigernes, is very satisfied with the visit by the queen.
– We are very proud and happy that H.M. Queen Sonja wanted to visit us as part of her visit in Longyearbyen, Sigernes says.
The Royal Palace has posted a video from the KHO visit on their Youtube channel.