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Dr. Tyler Nordgren
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Tyler Nordgren is a Full Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Redlands. While earning his PhD in astronomy at Cornell University, Dr. Nordgren has used modern observatories around the world as part of his research. Dr. Nordgren has written peer-reviewed articles on subjects ranging from dark matter in galaxies to the pulsation of stars that are the foundation of our understanding of the size and age of the Universe. In 2004, NASA's Spirit and Opportunity rovers landed on Mars carrying sundials, or "Marsdials" on board which Dr. Nordgren helped design with a team of seven other scientists and artists. A third Marsdial that Dr. Nordgren helped design is onboard NASA's newest rover, Curiosity, scheduled for an August 2012 landing on Mars. Over the last two decades he has seen the steady spread of urban lighting that shines up into the sky to ultimately shrink the scale of the universe observable to the vast majority of people on Earth. Since 2005, he has worked with the U.S. National Park Service to promote astronomy education in U.S. national parks where the public still has a chance to see a natural nocturnal landscape that includes an unobstructed view of the Universe beyond our own atmosphere. Dr. Nordgren has helped document this vanishing landscape with award-winning night sky photography that has been on display in galleries from New York City to Flagstaff, Arizona and is on display in a number of national parks. In addition, Dr. Nordgren has also developed a popular poster campaign in conjunction with the National Park Service to "See the Milky Way" in America's parks where "Half the park is after dark." In 2010 his book "Stars Above, Earth Below: A Guide to Astronomy in the National Parks" was published as a way to spread the message of the importance of protecting the night sky. This interdisciplinary look at the intersection of the night sky, geology, art, history, exploration and environmental conservation and America's national parks was funded by The Planetary Society, the non-profit space advocacy organization founded by the late Carl Sagan. In 2011 Dr. Nordgren was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) the premier organization dedicated to protecting and preserving dark starry skies around the world. Dr. Nordgren now regularly tours the national parks giving talks to visitors and rangers alike educating both on the beauty of the night sky and how our national parks open a window on the Universe beyond.

Entries by Dr. Tyler Nordgren

At Night's End: Celebrating Dark Sky Week

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 7:58 PM

How many stars are there in the sky? It's one of the first questions I recall asking as a kid. On that warm spring evening I tried to count them all and had my first encounter with the infinite. That night, beside the lake in the Oregon Cascades, my mind's...

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Comet ISON of the Season

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 8:26 PM

Will Comet ISON be the comet of the century? For many amateur astronomers it has already become the comet of the season. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it has been 16 years since the last great comet visited our skies. When Comet ISON was discovered in September...

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The Sound of the Deep Sea of Space

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 12:00 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Imagine that all we knew of the ocean was that it had waves. To a beachcomber the ocean is vast and empty with only a smattering...

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Scientists in the Spotlight

(10) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 12:19 PM

Did you catch the news from NASA last week? We have an amazingly complicated, nuclear-powered rover on Mars that is fully functional in every way and ready to do super-sensitive chemical experiments in one of the most exciting places to look for the ingredients of life. In any...

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Astronomy Apocalypse

(20) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 10:09 PM

If you want to help save all life on Earth, get out to a national park and see the Orionid meteor shower this weekend. Perhaps I should explain. Unless you've been avoiding all media for the last three years, you are probably aware that the world is prophesied to end...

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