Astronomy News

Homecoming Open House will showcase historic telescope renovation

Published Date:October 20, 2013

The 12-inch Brashear refracting telescope is star-gazing again after last summer’s roughly $50,000 restoration was completed by Ray Museum Studios of Swarthmore, Penn. Visitors can get a glimpse of the telescope (and its crystal clear views, weather permitting) at an open house on Friday, Oct. 25, during Homecoming weekend. The open house on October 25 will take place from 8-10 p.m., but those who want to see the renovated telescope with the lights on can stop by as early as 7 p.m.

Published Date: October 20, 2013


Illinois Astronomers to Receive Hubble Observing Time

Published Date:October 14, 2013

Observing projects led by University of Illinois Astronomy Professors You-Hua Chu and Ryan Foley were among the recently announced approved programs for the Hubble Space Telescope. Prof. Chu’s program is entitled “A Search for Surviving Companions of Type Ia Supernovae in the Large Magellanic Cloud.” Prof. Foley’s program is entitled “Understanding the Progenitor Systems, Explosion Mechanisms, and Cosmological Utility of Type Ia Supernovae.”

Published Date: October 14, 2013


Joel Stebbins Selected for LAS Gallery of Excellence

Published Date:October 14, 2013

Professor Joel Stebbins has been selected as one of the first 25 inductees into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Gallery of Excellence. This virtual gallery highlights some of the most prominent people and events to emerge from the College of LAS since it was formed 100 years ago. Stebbins arrived at the University of Illinois in 1903 as director of the Observatory. Initially with no operating budget, he changed the way astronomers measured starlight.

Published Date: October 14, 2013


Astronomy Graduate Program Contact Receives Excellence Award

Author: Rebecca Bare

Published Date:October 11, 2013

Jeri Cochran, Office Manager in the Department of Astronomy, has received the 2013 Excellence Award for Graduate Contacts from the Graduate College. Jeri was recognized for her service to enhance the experiences of graduate students and her positive impact on the operations of the graduate program and department. Congratulations Jeri!

Published Date: October 11, 2013


Dark Energy Survey begins mapping southern sky

Published Date:September 4, 2013

Tonight, as the sun sinks below the horizon, the world's most powerful digital camera will turn its gleaming eye skyward once again in its 5-year mission to map the southern sky in more detail than ever before. On August 31, the Dark Energy Survey, with an international collaboration of more than 200 scientists, officially began the largest galaxy survey ever attempted. Illinois provides the international astronomical collaboration with camera components, data intensive computing, and scientific analyses.

Published Date: September 4, 2013