Primary Advisor: John Moores
Secondary Advisor: Catherine Neish
Ariella Kantorowitz - Sapers is a 2nd year undergraduate student at York University, pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Physics and Astronomy, streaming in Astronomy. During her second year, Ms.Kantorowitz - Sapers became the student coordinator of the Allan I. Carswell Observatory located at York University and engaged in noteworthy Variable Star research. The research conducted by Ms.Kantorowitz - Sapers was the first Fourier Analysis of a Variable Star at the Allan I. Carswell Observatory in successful completion of a fourth-year research course.
Ms. Kantorowitz - Sapers gained an interest in Planetary Sciences after successfully completing a third year Planetary Sciences course offered at York University and instructed by Dr. John Moores. She became a member of Dr. John Moores' research group January 2019 where she began altering a illumination code created by Kloos et al (2019) that was originally used to model the polar illuminations over the course of a lunary year, but will now be altered for the Martian surface. To prepare this code for the Martian surface, Ms. Kantorowitz- Sapers will use the Mars Orbital Radial Data, the MOLA instrument to get a digital elevation model to import into the code. Craters with evidence of ice will be identified in hopes of seeing how geographic variation in solar flux received by each crater correlates with ice distribution detected from orbital data.