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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


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