Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory is an astronomical observatory in Flagstaff, United States. Lowell Observatory was established in 1894, placing it among the oldest observatories in the United States, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. In 2011, the Observatory was named one of "The World's 100 Most Important Places" by TIME, it was at the Lowell Observatory that the dwarf planet Pluto was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh. The observatory was founded by astronomer Percival Lowell of Boston's Lowell family and is overseen by a sole trustee, a position handed down through the family; the first trustee was Lowell's third cousin Guy Lowell. Percival's nephew Roger Putnam served from 1927 to 1967, followed by Roger's son Michael, Michael's brother William Lowell Putnam III, current trustee W. Lowell Putnam. Multiple astronauts attended the Lowell Observatory while the moon was being mapped for the Apollo Program; the training was in session in 1963. The observatory operates several telescopes at three locations in the Flagstaff area.

The main facility, located on Mars Hill just west of downtown Flagstaff, houses the original 61-centimeter Clark Refracting Telescope, now used for public education, with 85,000 annual visitors. The telescope, built in 1896 for $20,000, was assembled in Boston by Alvan Clark & Sons and shipped by train to Flagstaff. Located on the Mars Hill campus is the 33-centimeter Pluto Discovery Telescope, used by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 to discover the dwarf planet Pluto. In 2014, the 8,000 square foot; this observatory included many rooms with tools that were useful to observers including a library for research, a room for processing, photographic glass plates, multiple antique instruments used by previous astronomers, many artifacts. The observatory does contain areas that are closed to the public view, although there are multiple places that tourists are welcome to visit. Lowell Observatory operates four research telescopes at its Anderson Mesa dark-sky site, located 20 km southeast of Flagstaff, including the 180-centimeter Perkins Telescope and the 110-centimeter John S. Hall Telescope.

Lowell is a partner with the United States Naval Observatory and Naval Research Laboratory in the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer located at that site. The Observatory operates smaller research telescopes at its historic site on Mars Hill and in Australia and Chile. Past Anderson Mesa, on the peak of Happy Jack, Lowell Observatory has built the 4.28-meter Lowell Discovery Telescope in partnership with Discovery Communications, Inc. The observatory has carried out a wide array of research. One of its programs was the measurement of the variability of solar irradiance; when Harold L. Johnson took over as the director in 1952, the stated objective became to focus on light from the Sun reflecting from Uranus and Neptune. In 1953, the current 53 cm telescope was erected. Beginning in 1954, this telescope began monitoring the brightness of these two planets, comparing these measurements with a reference set of Sun-like stars. Beginning in 2012, Lowell Observatory began offering camps for children known as LOCKs.

The first camp was established for elementary students. On, in 2013, they added an additional camp program for preschool children; the following year they added another program for middle school students.. Kids have the opportunity to learn hands-on about science, technology and math through a variety of activities that include games, story time, art and more. In 2016, Kevin Schindler published Lowell Observatory, a 128-page book containing over 200 captions and pictures. Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America included it in their series, which increased the enthusiasm of space to the public; the book itself features the popular reputation of Lowell Observatory, encompassing the revolutionary research of scientists and how they contributed to the field of astronomy. The Rotunda Museum: Built in 1916, it is used by the observatory as a library and collection are for artifacts, it features displays that discuss the Lowell family history and the discoveries made at the observatory. It houses many different measuring tools including Thatcher’s Calculating Instrument.

Putnam Collection Center/ Lowell’s Lunar Legacy: When the Rotunda Museum is closed, the Putnam Collection Center and Lowell’s Lunar Legacy, are open to the public. The Center highlights the Observatories history and features artifacts from Lowell’s past and other scientific discoveries; the Giovale Open Deck Observatory: It is the newest addition to the Lowell observatory that allows guest to learn astronomy during the day an night. It features six telescopes, six plinths on the deck’s circumference, an APS spectrum display; the six telescopes on the deck are a 5.5-inch TEC wide-field refractor, an 8-inch Moonraker Victorian refractor, a 32-inch Starstructure Dobsonian reflector, a 16-inch Meade ACF catadioptric reflector, a 17-inch PlaneWave CDK catadioptric reflector, a 14-inch PlaneWave CDK catadioptric reflector. Lowell Observatory owns and operates the Lowell Discovery Telescope located near Happy Jack, Arizona; this 4.3-meter reflecting telescope is the fifth-largest telescope in the contiguous United States and one of the most powerful in the world, thanks to a unique housing that can accommodate up to five instruments at the Ritchey-Chrétien focus.

The LDT can switch between any of these instruments in about a minute, making it uniquely suited for time-domain programs

Na fir bolg

Na Fir Bolg is a folk music festival, held annually in Vorselaar, Belgium. The festival always takes place on the first weekend of July; the festival has grown from a single evening to a three-day festival. It is now the biggest festival in Antwerp. A few known groups who have played at Na Fir Bolg are: The Albion Band, John Kirkpatrick, Robb Johnson, Bram Vermeulen, Mira, De Mens, The Popes and Anam. "Na Fir Bolg", which means "The round men" or "The bag men" in Gaelic, were a Gaelic tribe. This was mentioned by one of the crew of Na Fir Bolg in a pub in'95; because of the fact that all persons who thought of organising the festival were a bit fat, they called them self "the round men". "Na Fir Bolg" became the name for the folk festival. Na Fir Bolg is every year a good purpose is chosen to support. In 2009 and 2010 they supported Catapa, an emerging volunteer movement in Belgium who are active in the fields of globalization and sustainable development in Latin America. Festival website

Florence Omagbemi

Florence Omagbemi is a Nigerian former football midfielder. She was part of the Nigeria women's national football team across four FIFA Women's World Cups, several Africa Women Cup of Nations and at the 2000 Summer Olympics. In 2016, she was named interim coach of the national side, having been an assistant coach to the Nigeria women's national under-20 football team. Omagbemi played for the Nigeria women's national football team for over a decade, appearing in four FIFA Women's World Cups including being a member of the team that reached the second round in 1999 before losing to Brazil; as captain, she won the Africa Women Cup of Nations with the "Super Falcons" on four occasions in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004. She was part of the Nigerian team which competed the Summer Olympics for the first time in the 2000 tournament in Australia. Omagbemi began her coaching career with several American based youth teams, before being called up to be the assistant coach for the Nigeria women's national under-20 football team.

While in that position, the team reached the semifinals of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup before being eliminated by the United States. Omagbemi was named as an interim coach of the senior national side for the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations. Nigeria had been without a coach since the sacking of Christopher Danjuma following a poor performance of the team at the 2015 African Games. A month prior to the start of the tournament, it was revealed that Omagbemi had gone unpaid by the Nigeria Football Federation. In response, the NFF made assurances that she would be paid before the team departed for the tournament. On 3 December 2016 Omagbemi became the first woman to win the Africa Women Cup of Nations as both a player and coach. NigeriaAs player African Women's Championship: 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004As coach African Women's Championship winner: 2016 Nigeria at the 2000 Summer Olympics Evans, Hilary. "Florence Omagbemi". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016.