Montana State University

Astronomy and Aerospace Day 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana

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Events and Presentations


1pm HAGER AUDITORIUM: Opening Remarks by Dr. Angela Des Jardins, director of the Montana Space Grant Consortium


Geoffrey Bland 1:10pm in the HAGER AUDITORIUM
Geoffrey Bland
, Research Engineer, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Wallops Flight Facility

2:00pm Autograph session with the speakers... Hager Auditorium

2:00pm A Polarization Photo Contest for Montana High Schools...MoR Board Room (downstairs)

A presentation for high school physics teachers and students by Jim Boger, a physics instructor from Flathead Valley Community College

Montana State University Electrical and Computer Engineering department was recently awarded a grant to build and study nano-optics polarimetric devices for use in remote sensing. As part of a public outreach effort on behalf of that grant, the ECE faculty teamed up with faculty and students at Flathead Valley Community College to create and run a polarization photo contest for Montana high schools. One challenge in running a contest like this is to teach the participants enough about polarization in a short presentation such that they can go out and capture interesting images that showcase different aspects of polarized light. In this interactive presentation, we will describe the contest, and then explain the science behind capturing polarized images, just as we would explain it to high school physics students.

Waydo Photo

3:00pm in the HAGER AUDITORIUM
Jaime Waydo, Google[x] systems engineer on the Chauffeur Self-Driving Car Program and former NASA Curiosity Rover Mobility Engineer; MSU alumnus.

Download Jaime's Fun Facts About Mars [PDF]

Download a flyer [High-resolution color] [Lower-res black & white]


  • Monforton School Science Program
  • Montana Learning Center
  • Montana Space Grant Consortium
  • MSU Library
  • MSU Optical Technology Center
  • MSU Society of Physics Students
  • MSU Society of Women Engineers
  • MSU Solar Physics
  • National Library of Medicine
  • New Horizons
  • Space Public Outreach Team
  • SPIE Student Chapter of MSU

Kids' Activities: (located within the Redstart Classroom)

  • Hands-on activities throughout the afternoon

Planetarium Show:

  • "Black Holes" shown at 1pm, 2pm and 4pm

For information about Astronomy Day, contact Ryan Hannahoe at

What's Astronomy Day like? Watch the photo slide show from Astronomy Day a few years ago



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