Dust devils occur ubiquitously on Mars, where they have been observed from space and from landed spacecraft. Martian dust devils may present a hazard to exploration of the planet, but they have also lengthened the lifetime of the Mars rovers.
Join the Physics Department on Friday, Sep 1 at 7:30p in the Multi-Purpose Classroom Building, room 101 to hear about research on terrestrial analog dust devils conducted by Boise State’s own Prof. Brian Jackson. He will discuss a recent pilot study using an instrumented quadcopter to sample active dust devils and will present encounter footage collected onboard the drone.
After the presentation at 8:30p, we will stargaze on the roof of the Brady Street Parking Garage.
The entire event is free and open to the public. Contact Prof. Brian Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org – astrojack.com – @decaelus) with any questions.
Join the Boise State Physics Department for a stargazing party with special guest Prof. Denise Stephens, astronomer from BYU.
Come learn about the New Horizons mission, the team, and the 20+ years it took to get this mission to Pluto. Take a closer look at Pluto, Charon, and the other 4 moons as we dive into the Kuiper Belt, and the extended mission to visit another Kuiper Belt Object.
The event takes place on Friday, Feb 3 and will start in the Multipurpose Classroom Building in room 101 at 7:30p
and then move to the top of the Brady Garage at 8:30p, where telescopes will be set up for stargazing (weather permitting).
The weather forecast for this week is not promising, so we’ll cancel the stargazing portion. The lecture will still happen, though.