April 25th, from 10 am - 4 pm
at the Fairmont
University Campus (Gaston Caperton Center) in Clarksburg.
love hearing about and observing comets, meteors, stars, planets and of course
the sun and the moon? Do you love family educational adventures? Do you need to
learn more about your stargazing equipment? Then come out and join in on the
“Out of this World Adventure with Astronomy”. It is a
and fun filled educational day of Astronomy Adventures. Weather permitting even
a Solar Viewing! Do we have your attention? Yes we said
Stop in and
participate in the National Astronomy Day Event this Saturday, April 25th, from
10 am - 4 pm at the Fairmont University Campus (Gaston Caperton Center) in
NASA will be present with various educational information and Astronomy related
Children activities. For older youth and those of us young at heart, educational
and Astronomy related topics will be provided by various speakers from WVU.
Those Astronomy topics will included presentations at 10:30 AM - Nathan Tehrani
on Saturn and its Moons; at 12:00 PM - Peter Gentile on Radio Astronomy and
Pulsars; at 1:30 PM - Dr. Pisano on Galaxies; at 3:00 PM - Jared Leggett on
Light refreshments will be provided. The entire event is free and open to the
This Event is sponsored by the
Astronomy Club, NASA
and Dominion Hope.
Come out and have a good time!
Charleston, W.Va.,– Researcher, astronomer and the voice of
NASA's mission to Mars, Steven Squyres, will appear in Charleston on Thursday,
May 7 as the third speaker in a series of STEM-focused events in Charleston.
The Chancellor’s STEM Speaker Series is organized by the West Virginia Higher
Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research with support from
a federal grant from the National Science Foundation. The goal of the series is
to promote the importance of research and the science, technology, engineering
and math (STEM) fields to the general public in West Virginia.
Squyres will talk about his role in NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover project and
will bring images and footage that, organizers say, will compel and energize the
“We are thrilled to bring a little bit of Mars to West Virginia this spring with
Steven Squyres,” said Dr. Jan Taylor, Director of the Division of Science and
The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. on May 7 at the University of
Charleston’s Geary Auditorium. It is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are
requested and can be completed at www.wvresearch.org.
Squyres is the Principal Investigator for the science payload on the Mars
Exploration Rover Project. Research for which he is best known includes study of
the history and distribution of water on Mars and of the possible existence and
habitability of a liquid water ocean on Europa, a moon of Jupiter. He’s also the
James A. Weeks Professor of Physical Sciences at Cornell University. Squyres
received his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1981 and spent five years as a postdoctoral
associate and research scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center before returning
to Cornell as a faculty member. His main areas of scientific interest have been
Mars and the moons of the outer planets.
The Division of Science and Research directs the EPSCoR program in West
Virginia, while also managing other state and federally-funded academic research
programs across the state. The program provides strategic leadership for
infrastructure advancement and development of competitive research opportunities
in STEM disciplines.