Friday, March 12, 2010

The Glacier Institute welcomes Tyler Nordgren

There is a new instructor at the Glacier Institute this year.

Tyler Nordgren is an astronomer and Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Redlands in California.

He earned his Ph.D in Astronomy from Cornell University where he used some of the largest telescopes in the world to study dark matter in galaxies. In 2004 he was part of a team of seven astronomers and artists who converted the camera calibration targets on NASA's Mars Rover into functioning sundials still in operation on the Red Planet today. For the last four years he has been a member of the National Park Service Night Sky Team working closely with astronomers and park rangers to protect our dark skies and promote astronomy education through their continued enjoyment.

In 2008 he was one of Glacier National Park's Artists-in-Residence because of his photography of the night sky above the nation's parks.

In celebration of Glacier National Park's one hundred year anniversary Tyler will be presenting Astronomy and Night Sky Awareness August 6th and 13th and Astrophotography of Glacier's Night Sky on August 7th and 14th.

Please join us for these exciting new courses and welcome Tyler this summer!

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