Michael Heslar

Michael Heslar
University of Idaho | UID · Department of Physics

Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics

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Introduction
PhD Student at the University of Idaho studying aspects of the extraterrestrial oceanography and meteorology of the Mare and lake districts on Titan.

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Publications (7)
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As one of two planetary objects (other than Earth) that have solid surfaces, thick atmospheres, and astrobiological significance, Titan, like Mars, merits ongoing study with multiple spacecraft. We propose that a Titan orbiter dedicated to geophysics, geology, and atmospheric science be added to the New Frontiers menu for the coming decade.
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As one of two planetary objects (other than Earth) that have solid surfaces,thick atmospheres, and astrobiological significance, Titan, like Mars, merits ongoing studywith multiple spacecraft. We propose that a Titan orbiter dedicated to geophysics, geology,and atmospheric science be added to the New Frontiers menu for the coming decade.
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We present Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) observations of sun glitter—wave-induced reflections from a liquid surface offset from a specular point—on Kraken Mare. Sun glitter reveals rough sea surfaces around Kraken Mare, namely the coasts and narrow straits. The sun glitter observations indicate wave activity driven by the...
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We identify and document the instances of bright ephemeral features (BEF)—bright areas that appear, disappear, and shift from flyby to flyby on Titan’s north pole, using the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer data set, thereby developing a sense of their spatial distribution and temporal frequency. We find that BEFs have differing geo...
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We present Cassini VIMS observations of sun glitter -- wave-induced reflections from a liquid surface offset from a specular point -- on Kraken Mare. Sun glitter reveals rough sea surfaces around Kraken Mare, namely the coasts and narrow straits. The sun glitter observations indicate wave activity driven by the winds and tidal currents in Kraken Ma...
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We study the temporal and spatial evolution of rain-wetted surface on the north pole of Titan to aid our understanding of seasonality of the methane cycle and its evolution through time. These observations would also enable us to explore the reasons GCM(General Circulation Model) predictions of northern summers differ from the observed rainfall/sto...
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Extreme droughts have affected the Caribbean over recent decades. Although the connections of droughts with climate variability and change have been examined, the spatiotemporal and areal extent characteristics of rainfall anomalies during drier than normal periods have not been analyzed thoroughly. Climate Hazards Group InfraRed Precipitation with...

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