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Mars Hill Quick Report: October 24 – 30

Mars Hill Quick Report: October 24 – 30

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.


News

☆ Tuesday, October 25

New Star Stuff Episode

We Got Astronomers to Review The Thing

In this episode of Star Stuff, Cody and Hailey hear from astronomers Kyler Kuehn and Teddy Kareta as they give their scientific perspectives on the classic horror/sci-fi film The Thing (1982)!

You can listen to Star Stuff on all major platforms, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Stitcher!

☆ October

Haunted Hill Tours Begin

Are You Afraid of the Dark… Skies?

Lowell Observatory’s Halloween exclusive Haunted Hill Tours will run from October 28 – 31 only, so don’t miss your chance to take a spine-chilling journey through Lowell’s haunted history!

After meeting your ghoulish guide at the Saturn Gate next to the Steele Visitor Center, you will be taken on a spine-tingling tour of Lowell Observatory’s grounds while you hear stories of our spookiest tall tales and unexplained happenings. Who dwells in the collapsed remains of tunnels hidden beneath the observatory? What was the eerie red substance seen leaking from Percival’s final resting place some years ago? Walk through our creepy woods, explore our most legendary historic sites, and be ready for some startling scares! Are you brave enough to come face-to-face with the legends of Lowell’s past? What are those eyes glowing in the bushes? Watch your back—you never know who (or what) might be following!

This Week in History

☆ October 27, 1930

Mathematician Dr. Gladys West Born

Gladys Mae West (née Brown) is an American mathematician known for her contributions to the mathematical modeling of the Earth’s shape. She is also known for her work on the development of the satellite geodesy models, which were eventually incorporated into the Global Positioning System (GPS). West was inducted into the United States Air Force Hall of Fame in 2018, and awarded the Webby Lifetime Achievement Award at 25th Annual Webby Awards for the development of the satellite geodesy models.

Dr. Gladys West.
Photo: U.S. Air Force/Adrian Cadiz

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