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Live Telescope and Observatory Webchat Program

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Thu, 2010/10/07

On Friday, Oct 15, from 3-4:00pm Eastern Time, astronomer Dr. Thomas Statler will give a remote, live tour of a modern astronomical telescope at the MDM Observatory in Arizona. This tour will give viewers an insight into practical astronomy, including how astronomers operate the telescope and how Dr. Statler's team is using it to study near-Earth asteroids.

This program is designed for the general public, especially high school and college students who are interested in science and technology. You may watch the program as a group or participate individually by going to this address https://statedept.connectsolutions.com/science https://statedept.connectsolutions.com/science

Dr. Thomas Statler is a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Ohio University. Dr. Statler is a versatile astrophysicist, an expert on galaxies as well as Solar System dynamics. He has over 20 years of experience teaching both undergraduates and graduate students, mentoring young astronomers, and communicating with the public. He writes a regular astronomy column for the Columbus Dispatch newspaper, and has done numerous radio shows on astronomy.

MDM Observatory is located on the southwest ridge of Kitt Peak, home of the Kitt Peak National Observatory, some 50 miles west of Tucson, Arizona. The Observatory is owned and operated by a consortium of five universities: the University of Michigan, Dartmouth College, the Ohio State University, Columbia University, and Ohio University.

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