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Klaus Galsgaard - solar guides


Hi, my name's Klaus Galsgaard:


Image of Klaus GalsgaardHow did you become interested in astronomy?
It all started when I was about 12 years old. One evening I went star gazing with my grandpa and he told me some of the stories about the constellations. From then on my interest in astronomy was assured and now it is a passion.


Map of Denmark









Do you know what country this map and flag represent?


Image of the Danish flag(courtesy of Lademanns Leksikon, Copenhagen)


Image of a Viking artifactImage of a VikingIt is my home country of Denmark, the land of the Vikings. They travelled across the North Sea to conquer the UK! I followed in their footsteps and travelled to St Andrews University, Scotland to work in the solar physics group for several years. Now I'm back again in Denmark.


Image of Klaus sitting by his computerWhat solar work do you do?
I am now doing numerical (computer) simulations of basic problems related to different features of the solar atmosphere at the University of Copenhagen. I use powerful computers to try to predict and understand what is happening on the Sun. When I was in high school a friend of mine pulled off the tab of a coke can and on the back was a question 'what is the corona'? I did not know the answer then, but all the work that I do today is actually related to that question. Isn't life strange? I hope you will achieve some of the dreams that you have for your future!


Logo of the East Fife Tri ClubWhat do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I used to spend a lot of time on sports, especially rowing. I was even selected for the Danish national team - for the Nordic championships and the junior world-championships. No medals here though as the others were far too strong for us. Rowing in competitions took up a lot of time, so now I am doing tri-athlons.


Image of Klaus' children




I don't have so much spare time these days, with a wife and children. I met my wife at university. She needed help to do her mathematics and physics. You never know where an innocent question can lead you!


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