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CYGNSS will participate in Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum event

Posted: April 30, 2014

CYGNSS will participate in Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum event

The CYGNSS (Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System) mission team will participate in TechTwilight at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum on Friday, May 16.

TechTwilight provides the opportunity for various organizations and groups to celebrate and share their innovations in a festive environment of discovery. Proceeds from the event support the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s mission of inspiring young people to embrace science, technology, engineering, art and math.

The CYGNSS mission, which was conceived at the University of Michigan, will place a constellation of eight microsatellites into low-Earth orbit. Using GPS signals to measure ocean surface properties, moist atmospheric thermodynamics, radiation and convective dynamics, CYGNSS will determine how a tropical cyclone forms and if and by how much it will strengthen, thereby helping to advance forecasting and tracking methods.

The mission display at the event will teach students about the history of wind measurement, including the contributions to this field from AOSS faculty. The display will cover Sir Francis Beaufort’s scale in the 1800s, the meteorological tools developed by AOSS Professor Gerald Gill in the 1960s/1970s up to the current CYGNSS project.

Young learners at the event will have the opportunity to participate in a take-home project in which they make wind observations using the Beaufort Wind Force Scale and then compare their observations with those of local news stations. In addition, they will be asked to make observations of the wind at their homes on Sunday, May 18th. They can email their observations to the CYGNSS science team and be included on a localized weather map that will help them understand how much the wind speed varies across southeast Michigan at a given time. An AOSS prize pack including a baseball cap, lanyard and bouncy ball will be given to a randomly selected student who emails their observations the CYGNSS science team.

TechTwilight runs from 6:30 to 9:00 PM on Friday, May 16. Tickets are $11 for adults and $5 for students. The museum is located at 220 E. Ann Street in Ann Arbor.

Tickets may be ordered here.

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