Oct
1
Sat
Meet an Astronomer @ Lowell Observatory
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Featured Astronomer: Dr. Jeff Hall
There aren’t many places in the world where the public can meet a professional astronomer and ask him or her questions. In this spirit, we’re kicking off our new “Meet an Astronomer” initiative. Come up to Mars Hill and meet a Lowell astronomer Saturday evenings from 7 – 10 pm*. Plus, take a peek at real-time images of planets, stars, galaxies and other celestial objects to be displayed on a large television screen outdoors with our new MallinCam. This is your opportunity to see interesting objects in the night sky, learn about an astronomer’s research, and ask questions you might have about any topic in astronomy.
*Subject to astronomer availability
Oct
8
Sat
Members-Only Celebration @ Lowell Observatory Steele Visitor Center
Oct 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Please join us for a special members-only event featuring:
  • Solar viewing (weather permitting)
  • A special SlipherVision show
  • Presentation by Director Jeff Hall on The Surface and Atmosphere of the Sun
  • Presentation by Prescott Observatory’s Matt Francis on Imaging the Sun
  • Meet & Greet with Lowell Putnam, Lowell Observatory Sole Trustee and Great Grandnephew of Percival Lowell
  • Science experiments
  • Light refreshments
Coconino Astronomical Society Monthly Meeting @ Lowell Observatory
Oct 8 @ 6:45 pm – 8:00 pm

Steele Visitor Center Lecture Hall

Meet an Astronomer @ Lowell Observatory
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Featured Astronomer: Dr. Ted Dunham
There aren’t many places in the world where the public can meet a professional astronomer and ask him or her questions. In this spirit, we’re kicking off our new “Meet an Astronomer” initiative. Come up to Mars Hill and meet a Lowell astronomer Saturday evenings from 7 – 10 pm*. Plus, take a peek at real-time images of planets, stars, galaxies and other celestial objects to be displayed on a large television screen outdoors with our new MallinCam. This is your opportunity to see interesting objects in the night sky, learn about an astronomer’s research, and ask questions you might have about any topic in astronomy.
*Subject to astronomer availability
Oct
14
Fri
2nd Friday Science Night: Optics and Optical Illusions @ Lowell Observatory
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Features exciting science demonstrations and experiments. Show at 6 p.m.

Oct
15
Sat
LOCKs: Preschool – The Planets in Our Solar System: Terrestrial Planets @ Lowell Observatory
Oct 15 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Topic:
The Planets in Our Solar System: Terrestrial Planets

Highlights:
Children will learn about the terrestrial planets through various experiments.

*****LOCKsPreschool_logoweb_transparentOverview:
Created for children ages 3 to 5, these activity-based, hands-on camps explore science and include STEM elements. Camps are held on the third Saturday of the month. These 90-minute camps — led by Lowell educators — are offered at two times:

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
and
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Parents are able to explore topics in physics and astronomy with their children. Activities include science investigations, games, story time, music, engineering, art, and more! Parent attendance is MANDATORY. Max. 12 children per camp. Space is limited, so please register today!

Cost and Registration:
Prices listed are per session. Registration is available online. You may register for one month at a time, or for multiple dates. Register for 11 months, and the 12th month is free! Scholarships are available based upon financial need.

See the LOCKs: Preschool webpage for more information.

LOCKs: Preschool – The Planets in Our Solar System: Terrestrial Planets @ Lowell Observatory
Oct 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Topic:
The Planets in Our Solar System: Terrestrial Planets

Highlights:
Children will learn about the terrestrial planets through various experiments.

*****LOCKsPreschool_logoweb_transparentOverview:
Created for children ages 3 to 5, these activity-based, hands-on camps explore science and include STEM elements. Camps are held on the third Saturday of the month. These 90-minute camps — led by Lowell educators — are offered at two times:

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
and
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Parents are able to explore topics in physics and astronomy with their children. Activities include science investigations, games, story time, music, engineering, art, and more! Parent attendance is MANDATORY. Max. 12 children per camp. Space is limited, so please register today!

Cost and Registration:
Prices listed are per session. Registration is available online. You may register for one month at a time, or for multiple dates. Register for 11 months, and the 12th month is free! Scholarships are available based upon financial need.

See the LOCKs: Preschool webpage for more information.

A Century Later: Percival’s Cultural and Scientific Legacy @ Lowell Observatory
Oct 15 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Lowell Observatory and Northern Arizona University are pleased to present an evening program celebrating the wide-ranging contributions of Percival Lowell. World traveler, author, and scion of a Boston Brahmin clan, Lowell made transformative contributions in the fields of astronomy and Orientology. His impact was far-reaching, from introducing the mores and religious customs of Eastern cultures to the West, to founding an astronomical observatory that helped convert the town of Flagstaff, Arizona into a vibrant center of scientific research. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of Lowell’s death, a touchstone year for exploring and evaluating Lowell’s legacy.

5:30 – 6:20 p.m. | Putnam Collection Center Open House

6:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Presentations in the Steele Visitor Center

Percival Lowell: Slow Bloomers and How They Defy Expectations @ Lowell Observatory
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Percival Lowell: Slow Bloomers and How They Defy Expectations
A Presentation by Carol Bundy

Percival Lowell failed, on first glance, to live up to expectations. Like a small handful of his peers, Lowell took half his lifetime to find his purpose, and it’s taken almost the full hundred years since his death to appreciate the strength and depth of his contribution to the world. He wasn’t alone. Several of his closest friends were similar men, who started out slow, disappointed their parents but ultimately became pioneers of new fields of endeavor. In this program, Carol Bundy will review what we can learn about them and the culture that produced them.

Carol Bundy (independent scholar and author) is a biographer and historian of the Civil War and New England’s role in that war. Bundy is an independent scholar and lives in Cambridge, MA where she is a fellow of the American Antiquarian Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society, as well as a proprietor of the Boston Athenaeum. Considered the “family historian,” Carol is Percival Lowell’s great-great niece.

Presented as part of A Century Later: Percival Lowell’s Cultural and Scientific Legacy

Astronomical Legacies: The Observatory, Mars as the Abode of Life, and the Search for Planet X @ Lowell Observatory
Oct 15 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Astronomical Legacies: The Observatory, Mars as the Abode of Life, and the Search for Planet X
A Presentation by Bill Sheehan

Bill Sheehan will discuss some of the highlights of Percival Lowell’s 22-year career as an astronomer, including his founding of the Observatory on Mars Hill, his observations of Mars during the 1894 campaign, the theory of intelligent life on Mars, criticisms from his astronomical peers, and his later attempts to shore up his credibility with more quantitative studies using spectroscopes, cameras, and calculating machines.  At the end of the talk, Sheehan will consider what directions Lowell might have followed, based on an assessment of the activities of his last year, had he not died unexpectedly at the relatively young age of sixty-one.

Bill Sheehan (independent scholar and author) has been interested in astronomy for more than half a century. He is a psychiatrist by profession (practicing in Flagstaff), and has written extensively on the history of astronomy.  Among his books are: Planets & Perception, The Planet Mars, The Immortal Fire Within: the life and work of Edward Emerson Barnard, and (with Dale Cruikshank) the forthcoming Pluto and Charon, being published by the University of Arizona Press.

Presented as part of A Century Later: Percival Lowell’s Cultural and Scientific Legacy

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