History Series at Lowell Observatory
September 15, 2012 @ 12:00 am EDT
This year we celebrate Arizona’s centennial with a series of programs highlighting the unique contributions Lowell Observatory has made to the scientific heritage of the state. Tonight we celebrate the important work carried out by one of the Observatory’s early astronomers with Lowell educator Glen Bessonette’s 7 p.m. presentation, V. M. Slipher, the Man Who Discovered the Expanding Universe. V.M. Slipher was a modest 20th century American scientist whose personal life and contributions to astronomy have gone largely unnoticed. In historic accounts he is typically relegated to footnote status and usually overshadowed by more flamboyant contemporaries, including his boss Percival Lowell and Edwin Hubble. However, Slipher’s contributions to our understanding of the universe are fundamental. In addition to this presentation, view breathtaking celestial objects through telescopes and enjoy exciting multimedia programs.