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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


Astronomy projects awarded access to Blue Waters supercomputer

Published Date:June 12, 2013

Three projects led by Astronomy faculty members were among 22 projects recently awarded access to the Blue Waters supercomputer which is capable of performing quadrillions of calculations every second and of working with quadrillions of bytes of data. Robert Brunner and Athol Kemball of the Astronomy Department received exploratory awards on Blue Waters, and Stuart Shapiro of the Physics and Astronomy Departments received a substantial award of time on Blue Waters.

Published Date: June 12, 2013


Campus Observatory Telescope Renovation

Author: News Bureau | Public Affairs

Published Date:May 20, 2013

Several large pieces of the 117-year-old 12-inch telescope in the University of Illinois Observatory will be removed by crane through the dome of the observatory Wednesday (May 22) beginning at about 11 a.m. in preparation for transport to Ray Museum Studios in Swarthmore, Pa. for renovation. The telescope will return to campus in late August 2013 and be ready for this years Homecoming Observatory Open House on Oct. 25.

Published Date: May 20, 2013


Congratulations 2013 Graduates!

Author: Bryan Dunne

Published Date:May 12, 2013

The Astronomy Department would like to commend its May 2013 graduates on a job well done! I-Jen Lee (PhD), Brandon Becker (BSc), Terrence Blindauer (BSc), Malory Conlon (BSc), Molly Cooper (BSc), Alexander Dour (BSc), Kimberly Mowry (BSc), Johnny Valles (BSc), Youngjun Choi (Minor), Kaitlin Johnson (Minor), Akshita Kaklarapudi (Minor), Benjamin Magolan (Minor) and kai Suen (Minor). Congratulations to you and all the best in your future endeavors! You make us proud!

Published Date: May 12, 2013