Friday, 2:00–3:30, May 11
Observatory, Mason Campus, Fairfax
Instructors: Jenna Cann, Joe Renaud
Event limit: 40
Come explore the sky with a private tour of a research-grade observatory! The George Mason University Observatory hosts the most sophisticated astronomical observation equipment in Northern Virginia, all of which is accessible to the local community. The visit will introduce guests to local scientists doing astrophysical research, followed by a guided tour of the day-time sky. These scientists also conduct research related to exoplanet detection, intergalactic distance measurements, and more. Participants, be aware—the tour requires climbing approximately 12 steps to go up to the telescope. Parking is available for a small fee in Shenandoah Parking Deck, a lot adjacent to the observatory. Meet in the lobby of Research Hall. There is no rain date for this event. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Joe Renaud is a physics PhD student at Mason. His research focuses on extra-solar planets. Renaud is the observatory coordinator, and is in charge of events and research conducted at the observatory.
Jenna Cann is also a physics PhD student at Mason. Her research focuses on the formation and evolution of supermassive black holes and their host galaxies.