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Explore Mars at ‘Imiloa Maunakea Skies Talk

Posted February 13, 2017, 10:25 AM HST Updated February 13, 2017, 12:20 PM HST
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Image courtesy of ʻImiloa Astronomy Center.

Interested in learning more about Mars and how it compares with Earth?

ʻImiloa Astronomy Center will present Dr. Meg Schwamb, assistant scientist at Gemini Observatory during its next Maunakea Skies talk on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Schwamb will introduce the Planet Four project, a collaboration between researchers and over 150,000 “citizen scientist” volunteers worldwide using the internet to help map and characterize surface features of Mars. Dr. Schwamb will share the discoveries made by these citizen scientists and show you how to get involved in the project from your own home.

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Before working at Gemini, Dr. Schwamb was a National Science Foundation fellow at Yale University. She has worked with hundreds of people in the search for new planets outside our Solar System, and studied the climate of Mars.

‘Imiloa’s monthly Maunakea Skies program also includes a an observation period of the current night sky over Hawai‘i to identify prominent stars and constellations. Maunakea Skies presentations are held on the third Friday of each month. General admission tickets are $10, $8 for members. Tickets can be purchased at ‘Imiloa’s front desk or by phone at (808) 932-8901. Visit www.ImiloaHawaii.org for more info.

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