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Lunar Swirls

November 04, 2011: Lunar Swirls

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
Introduction to HAS Outreach Program
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
Alan Rossiter
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Lunar Swirls
General Meeting Speaker: 
Georgiana Kramer, Ph.D.
About the General Meeting Presentation

Lunar swirls are unusual, curvilinear surface features the origin of which has been debated for many years, but a consensus that explains their formation remains elusive. From the collection of measurements over the past 40 years, we know that every swirl is: 1) spectrally immature, and 2) associated with a local magnetic anomaly (although not every lunar magnetic anomaly has a recognized swirl). New measurements from four recent international lunar missions and the active collaboration of experts in the scientific fields from which these instruments derive have begun to shed new light on the elusive lunar swirls. The wide range of scientific fields and instrument observations demonstrates that the study of lunar swirls is more than just a study of a lunar phenomenon. The swirls provide a laboratory to study the solar wind, space weathering, and complex electromagnetic interactions in the solar system.

Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

Parking is available in lot 15F as shown in the accompanying diagram (provided by the University of Houston Parking Director Paul Lozano). This site is off Cullen Boulevard, just south of the new parking garage. The University of Houston has been provided a list of meeting dates for the Houston Astronomical Society to the end of 2013. UH campus police have those dates on their calendar and will not issue citations for HAS attendees.
Map to Lot 15F