Meet an EAPS Undergraduate: Molly

For her senior project, Molly Kosiarek (XII '15) helped build and automate a telescope system she named the Small AUtonomous Robotic Optical Nightwatcher or SAURON - after the ever-present eye-in-the-sky from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

In this interview, filmed at the Wallace Observatory in Westward, MA, EAPS local dark-sky hands-on observing site, Kosiarek introduces her project and shares her experience as an EAPS major. Her project, earnt her the 2015 W.O Crosby Award for Sustained Excellence, an EAPS award given annually in recognition of achievement, both academic and intellectual, as well as general contributions to the Department.

William Otis Crosby was one of MIT's earliest geology graduates. He also taught from 1875 to 1907.

Photo credits: A. Bosh, T. Brothers, H. Hill, D. W. Rowlands, MIT Planetary Astronomy Lab

Binary Star visualization: Wikimedia Commons (ESO L. Calcada)

Video credit: H. Hill, T. Brothers

Special thanks to the staff of Wallace Observatory

Video by Helen Hill</>