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New Faculty Member Involved in Discovery of the Year

Published Date:December 16, 2013

Joaquin Vieira, one of the new faculty members in the Department of Astronomy, was involved in one of Physics World's Breakthroughs of the Year. He was one of a team of astronomers working on the South Pole Telescope who were the first to measure B-mode polarization in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation.

Published Date: December 16, 2013

CAS Appointments for Astronomy Faculty

Published Date:November 26, 2013

The Department of Astronomy is pleased to announce that two faculty members will receive appointments in the Center for Advanced Study in 2014-15, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. Robert Brunner will be appointed as a CAS Associate and Neal Dalal will be appointed as a CAS Fellow. Congratulations to them both!

Published Date: November 26, 2013

A View of the Moon

Published Date:November 15, 2013

A View of the Moon: Lecture by Jim Kaler, Followed by Direct Observation hosted by Leslie Looney. November 19, 7:00 p.m. at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. The Moon has been an object of speculation and myth from time immemorial. Before the advent telescopic astronomy people thought that the dark spots on the Moon might have been caused by shadows of the Earth's mountains or contained vast bodies of water. It was imagined to be a possible site for extraterrestrial life and a future colony; even before rocket technology people dreamed of traveling there and exploring its surface. Today, careful scientific observation, great leaps in astronomy, and actual visits to the lunar surface have brought us much closer to the truth. We continue to make discoveries about the Moon and investigate its history and composition. Astronomer and Professor Jim Kaler will be delivering a talk about the Moon that will help you better understand our nearest celestial neighbor. There will be an actual Moon rock on display and many other books documenting the history of speculation about life on the Moon. Following the lecture, Leslie Looney will be hosting a Moon observation session at the Campus Observatory. You will be able to take a close look through the 12" Bashear refracting telescope. Not to be missed!

Published Date: November 15, 2013

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