Jeffrey Hall, Ph.D., director of Lowell Observatory, gave a wonderful presentation to Keep Sedona Beautiful members, residents and visitors. Dr. Hall talked about dark skies, Lowell Observatory’s major expansion to its outreach programs  and how Lowell continues to perform cutting-edge research at its 4.3-meter Discovery Channel Telescope. The Observatory has been working extensively with the city of Flagstaff on a retrofit of its streetlight system that will preserve Flagstaff’s dark skies.

Dr. Hall has served as director of Lowell Observatory since June 2010. He joined the staff at Lowell in 1992 as a postdoctoral research fellow. He received a B.A. in physics in 1986 from Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics in 1991 from Penn State. His research at Lowell has focused on solar and stellar activity cycles, with the goal of lending an astronomical perspective to solar influences on terrestrial climate.