The 2017 Sturm Memorial Lecture MAPPING THE UNIVERSE WITH THE SLOAN DIGITAL SKY SURVEY Speaker: Dr. Daniel Eisenstein, Harvard University Date: Monday, April 3, 2017, 8:00PM Where: Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, Wesleyan University Reception and telescope viewing at the … Continue reading
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Late last autumn, while looking over the calendar of events for VVO’s centennial celebration, I noticed something penciled in for February 6th by Michaela Fisher, one of the students working on our history project. “Frederick Slocum’s Birthday Party.” What should we … Continue reading
Editor’s note: I’m posting this on behalf of Kevin Flaherty, postdoctoral scholar in our department. You can find his web page on diversity in astronomy here. -RK Diversity has been a popular topic of discussion on campuses across the country. … Continue reading
It’s our Centennial year, and we have an exciting program of events for the spring semester! First up, our popular Kids’ Nights will resume on Friday, February 5 at 8pm. Then, on Saturday, February 6 at 7pm, we will have a special … Continue reading
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On November 6 and 7, we officially kicked off the celebration of the centennial of Van Vleck Observatory with a series of performances by world-renowned modern dancer Eiko Otake in the historic refractor dome. I had the distinct honor of playing … Continue reading
Friday night 9-11pm and Saturday night 8-10pm marks the Grand Re-Opening of the restored 20″ refracting telescope! Wesleyan is host to the 8th-largest refracting telescope in the country, but you might not have seen it before since it has been … Continue reading
Starting on February 4th, 2015, the Van Vleck Observatory at Wesleyan University will be opening its doors to the public every Wednesday night, rain or shine, for a series of space nights. Come talk to students and faculty about the … Continue reading
The dust has settled and restoration work for the summer is nearly complete. Our two excellent summer students, Becca Hanschell (’16) and Julian Dann (’17), spent 10 weeks disassembling, cleaning, and painting under the supervision of antique telescope expert Fred … Continue reading
We are pleased to announce that the historic Van Vleck Observatory 20″ Alvan Clark refractor is undergoing an extensive restoration project in anticipation of the Centennial of VVO, which we will be celebrating throughout the 2015-16 academic year. Stay tuned … Continue reading
Every year, the Astronomy Department is lucky enough to host a prestigious member of the astronomical community for a day or two of astronomical events. The events are centered around a public lecture which draws hundreds of attendees each year. … Continue reading