Mars Hill Quick Report: August 15 – 21
Welcome back to the Mars Hill Quick Report, a bite-sized weekly news update from Lowell Observatory! Each week, we’ll give you the short version of upcoming events at Lowell and beyond, plus a little dash of history.
General Admission Now $15 for College Students
We’re pleased to announce that general admission tickets are now just $15 for college students! To get your discount, show your school ID at the front desk in the Steele Visitor Center. We hope that this new price will make the observatory more accessible to aspiring scholars not just from neighboring Northern Arizona University, but from all over the world!
☆ Monday, August 15
Special Event: Yoga Under the Stars with Erin Widman
Join The Yoga Experience and Lowell Observatory for our annual Yoga Under the Stars event! The doors open for this very special event at 6:00pm, the yoga class is from 6:30-7:30pm. Class will be accompanied by live local symphony music by Slugs from Space and an orchestra of colors as the sun sets, leading us into a star-filled night to remember. Class will be followed by refreshments, raffle prizes, and guided stargazing tours until 9pm. Tickets are $60 before August 1st, $75 after, with proceeds supporting Lowell Observatory. Space limited to 100 yogis. 6:00pm Doors Open 6:30pm Outdoor Yoga Under the Stars 7:30pm Refreshments: including beverages from Grand Canyon Brewery. Guided stargazing and constellation tours until 9:00pm
*All entries include one raffle ticket for some wonderful door prizes! Extra raffle tickets will be available for purchase: 1 for $5 or 5 for $20.
☆ Tuesday, August 16
New Star Stuff episode: Guess that Sci-Fi movie
No Earth. His best friend is a cockroach. Can you guess the sci-fi movie? Play along on this episode of Star Stuff and see how many you can guess!
This Week in History
☆ August 18, 1877
Asaph Hall Discovers Phobos
During Mars’ closest approach to Earth in 1877, American astronomer Asaph Hall discovered Martian Moons Deimos and Phobos at the US Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., using the USNO 26-inch refracting telescope. Hall didn’t originally plan on viewing during the Mars approach, as he thought that the chances of discovering a moon during that time were slight. His wife Angeline Stickney encouraged him to continue his search anyway, which lead to him discovering the two moons in the span of just six days. Hall Crater on the surface of Phobos is named in his honor.