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ASQ Merrimack Valley June 2018 MIT Haystack Observatory Tour

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MIT Haystack Observatory

99 Millstone Rd.

Westford, MA 01886

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ASQ Merrimack Valley Special MIT Haystack Observatory Tour

Thursday, June 7, 2018 – 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Sign In: 6-6:30p.m - Talk Begins at 6:30p.m.

MIT Haystack Observatory Tour

This month, we have a special event for ASQMV Members: a tour of MIT’s Haystack Observatory in Westford, MA. The MIT Haystack Observatory has been in operation for more than 50 years and has contributed significantly to Astronomy, Geodesy and Geophysics, and Atmospheric Sciences.

The facility is part of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and operates on about 1,300 acres of forested land in Groton and Tyngsboro, MA. In the 1960’s the Observatory conducted radar mapping of the lunar surface. It enabled long baseline interferometry in the 1980’s which permitted imaging activity at the black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The Observatory continues to advance understanding of the Universe and its beginnings through a major role in Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI), which interconnects signals from facilities around the globe.

We will begin the event with a presentation by Dr. Philip Erickson, Assistant Director of the Observatory. Following Dr. Erickson’s talk, we will then visit the radome housing the facility’s 37-meter antenna.

ASQMV MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE:

  1. There is NO Dinner provided at this meeting. You will need to make your own arrangements.
  2. Attendance is strictly limited to 35 Attendees. Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  3. You must provide your e-mail when registering to receive entry instructions to the facility

Speaker:

Philip J. Erickson, PhD. – Assistant Director, MIT Haystack Observatory

In addition to serving as Assistant Director of the Observatory, Dr. Erickson is Leader of the Atmospheric Sciences Group and an MIT Principal Research Scientist. He is Lead Principal Investigator for the Millstone Hill Geospace Facility and Co-Director of the MIT Haystack Education and Public Outreach Programs.

Dr. Erickson holds a BSEE and a PhD in Space Plasma Physics from Cornell. His research interests include, among others:

  • Geospace System Science and Analysis
  • Radio wave based remote sensing of the ionosphere and thermosphere
  • Software architectures for large scale radio wave based remote sensing
  • Innovative methods for enhancing K-12 and undergraduate science curricula
  • Telescience methods for remote data distribution and interpretation
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