Ask the Author: Seeing Arizona, Imagining Mars

April 29, 2021
Ask the Author: Seeing Arizona, Imagining Mars

Event Summary

Join Journal of Arizona History author and historian Michael A. Amundson from Northern Arizona University for a special Ask the Author: Seeing Arizona, Imagining Mars virtual event on Thursday, April 29.

Ask the Author: Seeing Arizona, Imagining Mars virtual event explores how Mars has captivated generations of scientists and the general public, including right here in Arizona. In 1894, Percival Lowell brought his telescope to Flagstaff to study Mars. Over the next two decades, he explored Arizona’s canyons, deserts, petrified forests, and mountains to help imagine what the Mars landscape might look like.

Learn how Arizona’s landscape and irrigation  inspired the now discredited theories popular at the end of the 19th century that Martians existed and built irrigation canals much like those in Arizona.

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  • This is an online only event.