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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


Library to Host Moon Events

Published Date:August 30, 2013

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is collaborating with several local sponsors to offer a series of moon events this fall. An exhibition and event series dedicated to the moon will kick off at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library on Friday, August 30, 2013.

Published Date: August 30, 2013


Old Look, New Technology for Telescope

Published Date:August 15, 2013

Gifts to the Chancellor's Fund were used for the repair and refurbishment of the Brashear refractor telescope housed at the University of Illinois Observatory. The 117-year old telescope was dismantled and taken to Pennsylvania for repairs to correct a clock drive wobble and a frozen lock gear. Reinstalled in early August, it has been restored to its late 19th century look but also updated with LED lights, a sidereal clock, and data ports. You can read more details about the return of the telescope and stay up to date on its use throughout the year on the Friends of the Observatory Facebook page. Gifts to Friends of the Observatory are also being used to pay for the restoration.

Published Date: August 15, 2013


Observatory telescope reinstallation begins

Author: Department of Astronomy

Published Date:July 31, 2013

The mount for the 117-year-old 12-inch telescope in the University of Illinois Observatory will be returned by crane through the dome of the observatory Wednesday (July 31) beginning at about 8 a.m. after being restored at Ray Museum Studios in Swarthmore, Pa. The restoration is the first since 1954 and will keep the telescope serving as a significant educational and outreach tool.

Published Date: July 31, 2013


NGC 2392: A Beautiful End to a Star's Life

Author: NASA

Published Date:July 15, 2013

Stars like the Sun can become remarkably photogenic at the end of their life. A good example is NGC 2392, which is located about 4,200 light years from Earth. NGC 2392, (nicknamed the "Eskimo Nebula") is what astronomers call a planetary nebula. A study of three planetary nebulae (including NGC 2392) was recently published in the Astrophysical Journal by an international team of astronomers, including You-Hua Chu and Robert Gruendl of the U of I.

Published Date: July 15, 2013