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First Friday Astronomy: mud volcanism on Mars

The Boise State Department of Physics presents “Mud Volcanism: Insights Provided by Orbital Remote Sensing Datasets” with Angela Dapremont of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab for their First Friday Astronomy event at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, in the Multipurpose Classroom Building, Room 101.

Dapremont’s talk will focus on the geologic process of mud volcanism, also termed subsurface sediment mobilization, on Mars. The lecture will include a discussion of the insights that orbital remote sensing assets currently at Mars have provided about the compositional characteristics of putative mud volcanoes, as well as details pertaining to the implications of studying this geologic phenomenon which include Martian climate, comparative planetology, and future landed mission exploration of the Martian surface.

For those that cannot attend in person, the lecture will stream live on Youtube at Those attending the live-stream are welcome and encouraged to ask questions via chat. After the lecture Boise State’s observatory will be open for stargazing, weather permitting. An indoor planetarium may be set up in case stargazing is not an option.

These events are funded by generous donations to the astronomy department.