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May 18
@ 7:00 pm
- 8:00 pm

No reservation required. Unless noted otherwise, regular admission fees apply for special event

Event Information

Date:
May 18
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
No reservation required. Unless noted otherwise, regular admission fees apply for special event
Website:
https://lowell.edu/event/guided-by-the-night-can-animals-see-the-stars/?instance_id=873

Venue:

Lowell Observatory
1400 W. Mars Hill Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001 United States
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Phone:
928-774-3358
Website:
http://lowell.edu

Host Organization:

Lowell Observatory
Phone:
928-774-3358
Email:
info@lowell.edu
Website:
http://lowell.edu

Lowell42: Guided by the Night: Can Animals See the Stars?

Human beings have always watched the skies, so it’s not surprising that astronomy is the oldest of all sciences. But what about other animals, can they see the stars too? Or are they indifferent to the charms of the night sky? In this talk, Dr. Michael West will present evidence that some animals use the stars to hunt or to migrate, while others lack the visual acuity to be stargazers.
Michael West is Deputy Director for Science at Lowell Observatory. He received his PhD in astronomy from Yale University and held research, teaching and leadership positions on four continents before coming to Flagstaff in 2015. He’s disappointed that, as far as he can tell, his dog has no interest in the stars.