"What's Up with the Moon?"
Since the last of the Apollo missions successfully explored the Moon more than thirty-five years ago, we haven't been back there to visit in person. Since then, though, unmanned spacecraft have explored the Moon, and, more recently, several nations are contemplating piloted missions to the Moon. In the interim, astronomers and engineers are re-evaluating some of the original Apollo observations and subsequent visual data about the Moon in light of accumulating reports that our nearest neighbor in outer space may still hold a few celestial secrets. For example, just what causes peculiar changes in light and shadow observed on the Moon? Are these phenomena for real? Do they pose a threat to future visits to the Moon? Pertinent observations and data are presented for you to answer these questions for yourself.
Roy Kaelin (B.S., Geology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1978; M.B.A., Iowa State University, 1984) brings to The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH) a background of teaching astronomy and other natural sciences at Loyola and DePaul universities and valuable administrative and sky-show experience from his years at Chicago's Adler Planetarium.
As Manager of Astronomy Education at CMNH, Roy joined the Astronomy Department at the start of 2007 to head up efforts to augment its educational offerings in astronomy, to enhance the production of sky shows presented at its Shafran Planetarium, and to establish a steady program of observation and imaging from its Mueller Observatory. Roy also conducts an astronomy seminar at Case Western Reserve University.
Roy is an active member and an elected Fellow of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association, a member of the Cleveland Regional Association of Planetariums, a member of the governing board of the Cleveland Astronomical Society, and is also a sustaining member of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers.
A native of Illinois, Roy enjoys encouraging his astronomy students to appreciate the splendors of the night sky from Midwestern locales. Too, he's written popular and scientific articles on observational astronomy, telescope construction, and planet classification. He is also the author of The Star Machine and Other Tales, a collection of science fiction stories released in 2005.
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