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Learn About Martian Dust Devils at Sept. 1 Astronomy Event

By: Brady W Moore   Published 7:47 am / August 30, 2017

Dust devils occur all over the red planet. They’ve been observed from space and from spacecraft on the the planet’s surface. While martian dust devils may present a hazard to the possible exploration of the planet, they also have lengthened the lifetime of the Mars rovers. How does something like that happen? Professor Brian Jackson will explain.

Join the Physics Department at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sep. 1, in the Multi-Purpose Classroom Building, Room 101, to hear about research on terrestrial analog dust devils conducted by Jackson. He will discuss a recent pilot study using an instrumented quadcopter to sample active dust devils and will present footage collected on board the drone.

After the presentation at 8:30 p.m., everyone is invited to stargaze on the roof of the Brady Street Parking Garage. The entire event is free and open to the public. Contact Jackson at bjackson@boisestate.edu with any questions.