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Boise State University Department of Physics

First Friday Astronomy

Events

Please join us online for the First Friday Astronomy Event on
Friday, November 6, 7:30pm

Prof. Barbara Ryden, Dept. of Astronomy at The Ohio State University, will present on:
“A Practical Guide to Time Travel”

Online lecture begins 7:30pm MT http://www.astrojack.com/ffa-time-travel/
Donate at give.boisestate.edu/astronomy

Darci Snowden - 2020 Sep 4 - Poster

Please join us online for the First Friday Astronomy Event:
Friday, October 2, 7:30pm

Dr. Laura Mayorga, Space Telescope Science Institute will present on:
“The Solar System Laboratory: A Testbed for Exoplanet Studies”

Online lecture begins 7:30pm MT http://www.astrojack.com/ffa-solar-system-lab
Donate at give.boisestate.edu/astronomy

Darci Snowden - 2020 Sep 4 - Poster

Online Colloquium Series
Friday September 4, 2020 at 3:00PM to 4:00PM

Prof. Darci Snowden
Dept. of Physics, Central Washington University

“Titan’s Enigmatic Upper Atmosphere and its Interaction with Saturn’s Magnetosphere”

ABSTRACT: Titan orbits at the edge of a region of space altered by Saturn’s magnetic field, known as Saturn’s magnetosphere. In this talk, she will review how planetary atmospheres are altered by their space environment. She will also discuss some of the most exciting discoveries from the Cassini mission: like the discovery of massive organic ions at much higher altitudes in Titan’s atmosphere than expected. Finally, Prof. Snowden will show how she uses computer models and data from Cassini to understand how Saturn’s magnetosphere affects the structure, energetics, and chemistry of Titan’s thermosphere.

Join us online via Zoom. The pass code is 393953.

The session was recorded and available via YouTube.


Fall 2020 Event Lineup:

September 4: Prof. Darci Snowden, Dept. of Physics, Central Washington
http://www.cwu.edu/faculty/snowden
Peering Through the Haze:
Titan’s Fascinating Atmosphere and Surface

October 2: Dr. Laura Mayorga, Space Telescope Science Institute
https://lcmayorga.wordpress.com/
The Solor System Laboratory:
A Testbed for Exoplanet Studies

November 6: Prof. Barbara Ryden, Dept. of Astronomy, Ohio State
http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~ryden/
A Practical Guide to Time Travel

December 4: Dr. Cathy Olkin, Southwest Research Institute
https://www.boulder.swri.edu/~colkin/
NASA’s Lucy Mission:
1 Spacecraft, 7 Trojan Asteroids, 12 years

Virtual Lectures at 7:30PM MT on the First Friday of the month
http://boi.st/PhysicsEvents
Events are open to the public and donation-supported. Donate at http://boi.st/GiveToAstronomy.

Fall 2020 Line-Up Flyer

First Friday September

Please join us online for the First Friday Astronomy Event on
Friday, September 4, 7:30PM

Prof. Darci Snowden, Department of Physics at Central Washington University will present on:
“Peering Through the Haze:  Titan’s Fascinating  Atmosphere and Surface”

Online lecture begins 7:30PM MT http://www.astrojack.com/ffa-titan-haze
Donate at give.boisestate.edu/astronomy

Darci Snowden - 2020 Sep 4 - Poster

First Friday August

Online First Friday Astronomy Event on
Friday, August 7, 8:30pm

Sub-Orbital Ballooning Experiments and Education
Dr. Paul Verhage – Treasure Valley Math & Science Center
http://nearsys.com/

Online lecture begins 8:30pm MDThttp://www.astrojack.com/ffa-ballooning
Donate at give.boisestate.edu/astronomy


First Friday June

We invite you to join us online for our First Friday Astronomy Event.
Friday, June 5, 2020, 8:30pm
Dr. James Evans, Professor of Physics, University of Puget Sound
will present: “The Antikythera Mechanism”

Join us online at 8:30pm @http://www.astrojack.com/ffa-antikythera/

Jame evans 2020 flyer

First Friday May

We invite you to join us online for our First Friday Astronomy Event.
Friday, May 1, 2020, 8:30pm
Dr. Kelsie Krafton, Bahcall Public Policy Fellow at the American Astronomy Society will present on “Science and Space Policy in the Current Era”

Join us online at 8:30pm @ http://www.astrojack.com/ffa-space-policy/


First Friday Lineup

We invite you to join us again for our First Friday Astronomy Event.

Dr. Kelsie Krafton May 1
Bahcall Public Policy Fellow, American Astron. Society
Science and Space Policy in the Current Era
https://kelsiekraftondotcom.wordpress.com/cv/

Prof. James Evans Jun 5
Dept. of Physics, University of Puget Sound
The Antikythera Mechanism
http://www2.ups.edu/faculty/jcevans/

Prof. Kathryn Devine Jul 3
Mathematics and Physical Sciences Dept., College of Idaho
Massive Star Formation
https://www.collegeofidaho.edu/directory/kathryn-devine

Dr. L. Paul Verhage Aug 7
Treasure Valley Math and Science Center
Sub-Orbital Ballooning Experiments and Education
http://nearsys.com/

Lectures at 8:30p on the First Friday of the month
Check http://boi.st/PhysicsEvents for details about how to attend.

Events are open to the public and donation-supported. Donate at boi.st/GiveToAstronomy


First Friday April

We invite you to join us for our First Friday Astronomy Event – which will be online this month.

Friday, April 3, 2020, 7:30pm
Professor Devon Burr from Astronomy and Planetary Sciences at Northern Arizona University, will speak about Rivers Across the Solar System

Join us online at 7:30 @ http://www.astrojack.com/ffa-rivers/

Donate at boi.st/GiveToAstronomy


Dr. Ben Margalit

Please join us as NASA Einstein Fellow Dr. Ben Margalit will present on the following topic:

Fast Radio Bursts and Discovering Unknowns in Astronomy
Friday, March 6, 2020
Lectures in MPCB, room 118 at 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Or join us for his presentation in the evening with our First Friday Astronomy Event:

Friday, March 6, 2020
Lectures in Sci/Ed Bldg, room 112 at 7:30 p.m., Stargazing in Boise State’s Observatory at 8:30 p.m.

Donate at boi.st/GiveToAstronomy

Dr. Ben Margalit Fast Radio Bursts and Discovering Unknowns in Astronomy Flyer

Additional Information: Fast radio bursts (FRBs), radio pulses from space only milliseconds long, have remained an enigma for decades. Join Boise State Physics on Friday, Mar 6 at 7:30pm in the Education/Science Building, room 112 to hear Dr. Ben Margalit from UC Berkeley explain how he helped solve this mystery and how FRBs might herald the birth of stars with magnetic fields so strong they could rip the iron from your blood. After the lecture, we’ll visit Boise State’s on-campus observatory. The event is free and open to the public.


How old are Saturn’s rings and moons?

Prof. Matthew Hedman Friday, Feb 7
Physics, Univ. of Idaho
Lectures in Sci/Ed Bldg, room 112 at 7:30 p.m., Stargazing in Boise State’s Observatory at 8:30 p.m.

Donate at boi.st/GiveToAstronomy

February 7 Flyer Professor Matthew Poster

Department of Physics, First Friday Astronomy

Dr. JA Grier Jan 3
Planetary Science Institute
The Stories of Impact Craters and How Scientists Learn to Tell Them

Prof. Matthew Hedman Feb 7
Dept. of Physics, University of Idaho
How old are Saturn’s rings and moons?
webpages.uidaho.edu/mhedman

Dr. Ben Margalit Mar 6
NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley
Fast Radio Bursts and Discovering Unknowns in Astronomy
benmargalit.com

Prof. Devon Burr Apr 3
Astronomy & Planetary Sciences, NAU
‘Water, water everywhere, but no a drop to drink’: Rivers Across the Solar System

Lectures at 7:30 p.m., Stargazing at 8:30 p.m. at the Sci/Ed Bldg on campus.

Events are open to the public and donation-supported. Donate at boi.st/GiveToAstronomy

Announcement poster for Brian Jackson's events

Department of Physics, First Friday Astronomy Event:

Dr. Gwen Barnes, University of Idaho
Geology of the Moon, on December 6

Seminar Series @ 1:30-2:30pm, Multipurpose Building, room 108

Evening Lecture @ 7:30pm, Science & Ed Building , room 112
Following the evening lecture, at 8:30pm, we will move to Boise State’s Observatory for stargazing, weather permitting.

Announcement poster for Brian Jackson's events

Boise State Physics First Friday Astronomy Event

Friday, Oct 4
Strange New Worlds
Prof. Ray Jaywardhana
Dept. of Astronomy – Cornell University

Lecture in Ed/Sci Bldg, room 112 at 7:30 p.m.
Stargazing at Boise State’s Observatory at 8:30 p.m.

Donate at boi.st/GiveToAstronomy

Announcement poster for Brian Jackson's events

Special Events

Boise State Physics First Friday Astronomy

Join Boise State Physics in the Fall 2019 to hear about cutting-edge astronomy research. Events consist of a lecture and then stargazing at the on-campus Boise State Observatory. Events are open to public and donation-supported. For more information, contact Prof. Brian Jackson: bjackson@boisestate.edu

Events

Prof. Brian Jackson Sep 6
Boise State Physics
Dust Devils Throughout the Solar System
www.astrojack.com

Prof. Ray Jayawardhana Oct 4
Cornell Astronomy
Strange New Worlds
astro.cornell.edu/ray-jayawardhana

Dr. Niko Lecoeuche Nov 1
LIGO Caltech
Gravitational Waves
www.ligo.caltech.edu

Dr. Gwen Barnes Dec 6
Univ. of Idaho Physics
Geology of the Moon
uidaho.edu/sci/physics/people/faculty/gbarnes

Lectures at 7:30 p.m., Stargazing at 8:30 p.m. at the Ed/Sci Bldg on campus.

Donate at boi.st/GiveToAstronomy

Announcement poster for astronomy events