Glen Canyon Lecture Series presents:
“Stars Above, Earth Below: Astronomy in the National Parks” by Tyler Nordgren
Saturday, May 19, 2012, 8:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time)at the Wahweap Marina Campground Ampitheater, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
This is a special Keynote event to celebrate the “Ring of Fire” Annular Solar Eclipse passing over Page, Arizona and Glen Canyon on May 20, 2012. Night Sky Viewing will follow the presentation.
Tyler Nordgren is an astronomer and Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Redlands in California. He earned his BA in Physics from Reed College and a MS and Ph.D in Astronomy from Cornell University. Before coming to the University of Redlands he was an astronomer at the U.S. Naval Observatory and Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona where he helped build a new type of telescope to directly observe the size and shape of such household stars as Pollux and Polaris (the North Star). In 2004 he was part of small team of seven astronomers and artists who converted the Spirit and Opportunity Mars Rover camera calibration targets into functioning sundials and saw them land safely in Gusev Crater and Meridiani Planum. He continues to be involved in scientific research and outreach to the public.