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Recent Sightings Recent sightings: Cosmic dynamo installation

January 4, 2012

With the exterior doors temporarily removed from Sterling Hall, workers move a three-meter diameter, hollow aluminum sphere, an essential component of the Madison Plasma Dynamo Experiment, into the building.

The sphere and related equipment are designed to hold 200,000-degree Fahrenheit plasmas, simulating cosmic dynamos for researchers. Dynamos exist at the core of planets, stars and other celestial objects.

Photo: Bryce Richter