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October 21 @ 8pm PDT

Clark 125th Anniversary | Neptune and the Outer Solar System

Join us for a Livestream to celebrate the historic Clark Refractor’s 125th anniversary! We will be streaming live from the Clark Dome from 8:00-8:45pm PDT.

  • Lowell Historian Kevin Schindler will discuss the unique structure of the Clark dome, including its original construction in an employee’s back yard, canvas covering, and more.
  • Lowell educators at the Clark Refractor will share live views of the planet Neptune, which Percival Lowell and EC Slipher studied more than a century ago.
  • Lowell Astronomer Dr. Jennifer Hanley will join Schindler to discuss this early research of Neptune and the outer solar system and its relevance to her modern-day studies of Titan and other icy bodies. 
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November 2 @ 7pm PDT

Interactive Stargazing

Join Lowell Observatory educators at the Giovale Open Deck Observatory for a guided, interactive observing session. After showcasing some planned celestial objects through our 14″ PlaneWave CDK telescope, we’ll let you choose which objects to see next via YouTube’s chat function. It’s stargazing, reimagined.

*Note: Programming can be canceled due to inclement weather.

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November 10 @ 7pm MST

Lowell Observatory Celebrates the James Webb Space Telescope

Lowell Observatory is excited to partner with NASA in celebrating the imminent launch of the long-awaited James Webb Space Telescope. Lowell educators and astronomers will discuss how JWST will revolutionize the science of astronomy as we know it. We’ll also be welcoming a NASA subject matter expert who will answer your questions about the JWST mission.

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Mars Hill Almanac

October 2021

Tune into Mars Hill Almanac each month to see what’s happening in the night sky! This month we discuss objects like the Perseus Double Cluster, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Pleiades, and more!

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Streamed Live October 16

International Observe the Moon Night 2021 | How Lowell Helped Launch Apollo 11

International Observe the Moon Night was on Saturday, October 16! Enjoy a Q&A session with Lowell historian Kevin Schindler as he delves into Lowell’s involvement in the first-ever Moon landing, including the Apollo astronauts’ visit to Mars Hill, the creation of an artificial moonscape, and much more!

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Streamed Live October 9

National Astronomy Day 2021 | The Mystery of Young Stars

We celebrated National Astronomy Day with a special live event featuring Ph.D. student Lauren Biddle! Lauren is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Astronomy and Planetary Science at Northern Arizona University, working closely with Lowell astronomers Dr. Joe Llama and Dr. Lisa Prato. Lauren’s work aims to improve our understanding of young star activity and how it may affect the evolution of planets forming around them.

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Streamed Live October 7

AAS DPS Sagan Medal Talk 2021 | Dr. Nicolle Zellner

Fly Me to the Moon? The Story of the First Lady Astronaut Trainees—In 1961, doctor William Randall Lovelace II invited the nation’s best female airplane pilots to his medical facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he subjected them to physical exams unlike any they had ever experienced before. The tests were intense, both physically and psychologically, and were designed to determine if these women had “the right stuff” to fly in space. Lovelace had just administered these tests to a select group of men, of whom seven were destined to be forever known as “the Mercury 7”. Might these women also pass the tests? And if so, would they fly in space, too?

2021 Sagan Medal Winner Dr. Nicolle Zellner discusses this class of First Lady Astronaut Trainees (FLATs), now commonly known as “the Mercury 13,” which included twins, a senator’s wife, a few mothers, and a woman who would eventually (60 years later) realize her dream—and theirs—of becoming an astronaut.

The Carl Sagan Medal (“Sagan Medal”) is awarded annually by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. It recognizes and honors outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public. It is to be awarded to scientists whose efforts have significantly contributed to a public understanding of, and enthusiasm for, planetary science. Learn more at https://dps.aas.org/prizes/sagan. Sponsored by Lowell Observatory.

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Streamed Live October 5

AAS DPS Sagan Medal Talk 2021 | Dr. Adam Frank

For The Love of Science: Following Carl Sagan’s Legacy In An Era of Science Denial—We live in a paradoxical time where science and technology dominate human culture, while, in certain domains, scientific results have become so highly politicized that it threatens the health of the entire endeavor. In this dangerous historical moment, 2021 Sagan Medal Winner Dr. Adam Frank discusses how researchers can bridge the cultural gaps of polarization by following Carl Sagan’s example to lead with Science’s great beauty and promise.

The Carl Sagan Medal (“Sagan Medal”) is awarded annually by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society. It recognizes and honors outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public. It is to be awarded to scientists whose efforts have significantly contributed to a public understanding of, and enthusiasm for, planetary science. Learn more at https://dps.aas.org/prizes/sagan. Sponsored by Lowell Observatory.

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Cosmic Coffee

A series that explores a different topic in astronomy or planetary science each week.

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Stargazing Reimagined

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Meet an Astronomer

Meet some of Lowell’s astronomers and hear about their research.

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Science Challenges for Kids

STEM challenges kids can do at home.

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Lowell42

Learn about “life, the universe, and everything” through this unique lecture series that connects the humanities to the sciences.

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Experience Wonder

Experience the wonder that is Lowell Observatory.

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Science Stories

Hear about our astronomers’ research and updates about our telescopes.

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Kelly's Space

Science experiments kids can do at home hosted by Lowell Educator Kelly Ferguson.

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From the Archives

Informational features on items from our collections hosted by Lowell Historian Kevin Schindler.

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Flagstaff's Lunar Legacy

Highlights from the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo mission to the moon.

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Newsworthy

Noteworthy news stories.

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