Author Archives: Roy Kilgard

About Roy Kilgard

Roy Kilgard is a Research Associate Professor of Astronomy at Wesleyan University. When he's not being an incurable nit-picker of sci-fi minutiae, he researches black hole X-ray binaries in nearby galaxies.

VVO Refractor Restoration!

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

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Sturm Lecture Events

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

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24″ Mirror, before and after

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We’ll post more pictures of the reinstallation process soon, but for now, here’s a quick comparison of the mirror before re-aluminization and after. Before: After:

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Re-aluminizing the 24″ Perkin Telescope Mirror

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Periodically, telescopes need to have their mirrors cleaned and coated with a new layer of shiny aluminum. Here are some photos of the removal of the 24″ mirror and preparation to ship it off for re-aluminizing on May 9th, 2013. … Continue reading

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Black Holes aplenty

When galaxies collide, they produce some impressive displays. They also can produce quite a few new black holes. A recent press release from the Chandra X-ray Observatory provides a beautiful example of this phenomenon. NGC 922 is a nearby galaxy … Continue reading

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Astronomy Talk: The Beauty of the Universe as Revealed by Hubble, October 25th at 8pm

The Astronomy Department and the Center for the Arts are pleased to sponsor a special talk by Lisa Frattare (G ’96) of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD. Her talk is entitled “The Beauty of the Universe as … Continue reading

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Wednesday Public Observing Resumes on September 19th

Every Wednesday throughout the academic year, the students and faculty of the Astronomy Department host a public stargazing event from 8-9pm at the Van Vleck Observatory.  This event is free and open to the public.  Clear skies are mandatory so … Continue reading

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Transit of Venus! June 5th, viewing starts at 5:30pm EDT

The astronomy department will have an open house for the transit of Venus, happening on Tuesday, June 5th.  The transit begins just after 6pm EDT and the Sun will set while the transit is still going on.  If the weather … Continue reading

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Solar Observing Today, 3/27, until 4pm

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Come see the Sun today, March 27, in front of Usdan! Then join us at 8pm in the Daniel Family Common (3rd floor of Usdan) for the Sturm Lecture by Dr. Alan Title, Director and Senior Fellow of Advanced Technology Center, … Continue reading

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Solar Viewing for the Sturm Lecture

In honor of this year’s Sturm Lecture, we will be observing the Sun all day on the lawn outside Usdan center on 3/27 (or 3/26 if the weather doesn’t look great for 3/27).  We will observe at visible wavelengths with our … Continue reading

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