Foothill College Astronomy Events | Virtual Solar System Exploration Research Institute


Two interesting events:

1) On Wednesday November 17, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. PDT, Arizona State University’s Dr. Jim Bell will be giving a free, illustrated, non-technical talk on “Postcards from Mars: The Latest from the International Armada of Robot Explorers”

Join live online on YouTube:
[note that a recording will be made available]

The lecture is part of the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, now in its 22nd year.

Ten missions have been successfully landed on Mars since 1976, including six rovers that have covered a total of nearly 50 km of land on the Red Planet. Arizona State University Professor Jim Bell served as the Principal or Associate Scientist in charge of science cameras for NASA’s Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity and Perseverance rovers, and had an incredible front row spot for their photographic and geological adventures. . In this presentation, Professor Bell will share his favorite images and stories from ‘inside’ mission operations and describe the major scientific discoveries made by these roving and landed missions over the past 45 years, with a particular focus on latest results from the still. -Rovers Active Curiosity and Perseverance. He will also be talking about plans for the next exciting Mars rover and lander adventure – sample return!

Jim Bell is a professor in the School of Earth & Space Exploration at Arizona State University. He is an astronomer and planetologist who participated in the exploration of the solar system using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, Martian rovers, Voyager 2 and orbiters sent to Mars, the Moon and several asteroids. His research focuses on the use of remote sensing imagery and spectroscopy to assess the geology, composition and mineralogy of the surfaces of planets, moons, asteroids and comets. He is also the author of numerous popular science books related to space exploration, including Postcards from Mars, The Space Book, The Interstellar Age, The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide, and Hubble Legacy. He was President of the Planetary Society from 2008 to 2020 and received the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society for Public Communication in Science.

The conference is co-sponsored by:

* The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Division of Foothill College

* The SETI Institute

* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific

* University of California observatories (including Lick Observatory).

Past lectures in the series can also be found on YouTube at: and as audio podcasts at:

2) An almost total lunar eclipse, from November 18 to 19

You probably already had this in your schedule, but just in case we wanted to warn you that there will be an almost total lunar eclipse on the late evening of November 18 and the early morning of November 19. It will be visible nationwide, safe to look at, and easy to see (as long as it’s not cloudy or foggy.)

We have a blog post with all the details on when and how to watch:

Posted by: Soderman Staff / SSERVI
Source: Foothill College

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