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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


2013 Astronomy Scholarship Recipients

Published Date:May 1, 2013

The Astronomy Department offers its congratulations to Mallory Conlon, the 2013 recipient of the Layla S. Ryan Scholarship in Astronomy, and Kaitlin Johnson and Benjamin Magolan, the 2013 recipients of the Stanley Wyatt Memorial Award. Well done!

Published Date: May 1, 2013


Phil Plait, Bad Astronomy author, visits the U of I Observatory

Published Date:April 1, 2013

Phil Plait, author of popular astronomy books "Bad Astronomy" and "Killer Skies," visited the University of Illinois Observatory after delivering the keynote speech for the 2013 Engineering Open House. Dr. Plait got a great view of Jupiter through the historic 12-inch refractor, posed for some pictures, and gave the campaign to raise funds for the restoration of the telescope a mention in his blog! Thanks, Phil!

Published Date: April 1, 2013