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Imaging Mars at Astronomy Day

Mars Clouds Over Olympus Mons Mars Global Surveyor
Clouds Over Olympus Mons color composite Mars Global Surveyor picture by Jim Plaxco

I’ve been asked to give my Imaging Mars presentation at the Northwest Suburban Astronomers and Harper College Astronomy Club’s Astronomy Day 2007 event on April 21 2007 at Harper College in Palatine IL. The Northwest Suburban Astronomers have been hosting Astronomy Day events for as long as I have lived in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The first one I attended was back in the mid-1980’s.

This year’s event is being held at Harper College in Palatine. It is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30pm. If the weather is clear, telescopes will be set up outside for night sky observing and the college’s observatory will be available as well. I’m happy to say that local chapters of the National Space Society, as well as the NSS itself, played a role in the private fund raising that got this observatory built. Way to go NSS, NISA, CSSS, and CSFSL5.

The center of activities for the evening will be Building Z. Inside there will be displays, telescopes, information tables, a portable planetarium providing sky shows for the kids, and various kid-oriented craft activities. The programming lineup is:

Time Program / Presenter Location
6:00 Black Holes
Gretchen Patti
Room Z119
6:00 Things that go boom in the night
Joe Kabbes
Room Z120
6:00 Your first telescope
Tom Auchter
Room Z118
6:00 Starlab Planetarium Dome
Dave Gore
Room Z130
7:00 Fundamentals of the solar system
Bob Karas
Room Z118
7:00 Imaging Mars
Jim Plaxco
Room Z120
7:00 How to find planets in the sky
Dale Dellutri
Room Z119
7:00 Starlab Planetarium Dome
Dave Gore
Room Z130
8:00 Starlab Planetarium Dome
Dave Gore
Room Z130

Harper College is located northeast of the intersection of Algonquin and Roselle Roads in Palatine IL. In the map below Building Z is marked with a red Z and parking lots 2 and 3 are outlined in red.

Astronomy Day Harper College Map
Map to Harper College for Astronomy Day

To illustrate this post, I used a picture of that great Martian volcano Olympus Mons that I created by combining separate Mars Global Surveyor wide angle camera images. To learn more about Olympus Mons and the picture, see Clouds Over Olympus Mons at the Mars Art Gallery.

Ad Astra, Jim

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