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Ten Years of Lunar Eclipse Photometry

Feb 1, 2018 7:00 PM

A Maunakea Speaker Series presentation by Dr. Elmar Schmidt, Professor of Engineering, Mathematics & Physics; SRH University of Applied Sciences; Heidelberg, Germany


The next scheduled program in the Maunakea Speaker Series will be held Thursday February 1, 2018 at at UH Hilo Science & Technology Building (STB) Room # 108. This exciting free lecture is open to the public and starts at 7 pm.

Measuring the Moon's luminance or brightness has implications in multiple scientific disciplines, from attaining a fundamental photometric dataset for the Sun-Earth-Moon system to characterizing the composition and micro-topography of the lunar soil. Additionally, the minimum light of total lunar eclipses (TLEs) contains information about earth's stratospheric aerosol and ozone on both a global scale and over the course of time. Dr. Schmidt developed calibration methods for small commercial luminance meters, thus determining the Moon's visual magnitude. This has provided for development of an unprecedented set of light curves for five out of seven TLE's visited worldwide since 2007.  Join us in learning how TLE events in Hawaiʻi have helped shaped this understanding.

Dr Elmar Schmidt is Professor of Engineering, Mathematics & Physics at SRH University of Applied Sciences in Heidelberg, Germany. He specializes in physics and applied mathematics, atmospheric optics (including photographically co-discovering the third order rainbow in nature in 2011), and astronomy.

On-campus parking is open and available without charge after 4:00 pm.

About the Maunakea Speaker Series 

The Maunakea Speaker Series is a monthly scholar-focused presentation offered as a partnership among the Office of Maunakea Management, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center, and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo Department of Physics & Astronomy. This collaborative venture gives the community unprecedented access to fascinating research taking place on Maunakea and other topics unique to the Island of Hawai'i. A venue for scholars to share their stories and learn from discussion, the series promotes understanding and collaboration across all sectors of the community, while addressing the goals of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo.

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