Admission: Free and open to the public
The event is free and open to the public. However, a $15 donation is suggested. Due to limited space, seating is on a first come, first served basis.
As part of its dark skies program, the Santa Fe Conservation Trust will be hosting the presentations by two astronomers from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, Gerard van Belle and Victor Garcia, on Friday, May 23, 2014 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The lectures will be held in the Driscoll Auditorium on the Santa Fe Prep campus, followed by star gazing on the Prep soccer field.
Dr. van Belle and Mr. Garcia will provide a brief history of the Lowell Observatory, information on new programs and current research happening about the facility, and their work developing the new VISION camera for the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer (NPOI). They will also talk about the Discovery Channel Telescope – a 4.3-meter (170 inch) telescope that rises seven stories above the top of the Happy Jack cinder cone southeast of Flagstaff. Lowell Observatory and Discovery Communications completed this $53 million facility in 2012 to push the frontier of knowledge, enabling the Lowell astronomers to answer fundamental questions about the universe - for example, how our solar system was formed, and how dwarf galaxies evolve.