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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


Fall 2012 Excellent Astronomy Teachers

Author: Bryan Dunne

Published Date:March 27, 2013

The Astronomy Department would like to offer its congratulations to members of the department named to the "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent" by the Center for Teaching Excellence for the Fall 2012 semester. Included on the list were Prof. Robert Brunner, Prof. Brian Fields, Prof. Charles Gammie, Prof. Athol Kemball, and Dr. Brett Hayes.

Published Date: March 27, 2013


IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE: A MINUTE WITH U. OF I. ASTRONOMER LESLIE LOONEY

Author: News Bureau | Public Affairs

Published Date:February 14, 2013

On Friday, Feb. 15, an asteroid named 2012 DA14 will pass very closely to Earth. The trajectory of the 150-foot-diameter rock is the nearest fly-by ever predicted for an asteroid this large even closer than some satellites. In an interview with News Bureau physical sciences editor Liz Ahlberg, astronomy professor Leslie Looney discusses the asteroid and its looming approach.

Published Date: February 14, 2013


First Magnitude: A Book of the Bright Sky

Published Date:December 20, 2012

In his latest popular science book, First Magnitude, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy James Kaler takes delight in sharing with us his extensive knowledge and infectious enthusiasm for the study of the skies. First Magnitude is an entry-level book for readers with brightly lit skies. Its purpose is to show them that all is not lost, that they can still enjoy personal astronomy and have an appreciation of the heavens no matter where they live. Available from World Scientific and leading booksellers.

Published Date: December 20, 2012