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 Revealed by Hubble”.

Lisa Frattare has been a member of the Hubble Heritage Project since 1997. En route to illuminating the forces shaping our cosmos, the Hubble Space Telescope has accumulated a cosmic zoo.  The Hubble Heritage Project sees this instrument also as a tool for extending human vision, one that is capable of building a bridge between the endeavors of scientists and the public.  Hubble Heritage images have been featured in many venues, including as U.S. and U.K. postage stamps.  In this illustrated talk, Ms. Frattare will pique our awe and curiosity about the universe we inhabit.

A reception at the Van Vleck Observatory will follow and include viewing through the telescopes, weather-permitting.

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Wesleyan Students Speak at Undergraduate Research Symposium

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Seven students represented Wesleyan at the Fall 2012 Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium (KNAC) held at Middlebury College on Sept. 21. All of them presented talks on their summer research projects to an audience of about … 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 is clear, we will set up telescopes for safe viewing of the transit.  If it’s cloudy, we will project a live feed of the transit on the screen in the observatory classroom.  Historical texts from the 18th and 19th century documenting the transits from those time periods will also be on display, along with a book from 1875 which make predicitions about this 2012 transit!

The next transit of venus will take place in 2117, so don’t miss it!

You can find general information on transits and more details on this transit in particular by clicking this link.

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Neptoon!

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Without math, astronomers would be pretty lost in space! This Neptoon is a tribute to the man whose work with trigonometry made parallax (and a lot of other astronomy) possible: Pythagoras!

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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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KH 15D on YouTube

KH 15D illustration The unique behavior of this “winking star” was discovered in 1995 with the 24 inch (Perkin) telescope at Van Vleck. We continue to follow it at Wesleyan but most data now comes from the SMARTS telescope at Cerro … Continue reading

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APOW: Jupiter through a historic telescope

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Imagine a clear night at the Van Vleck Observatory, you and all your friends have decided to come to a weekly Public Observing Night and take a look at the stars. You walk into the large dome atop Foss Hill … Continue reading

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Neptoon!

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I’m kicking off a new web comic series here on the Error Bar: Neptoons! Enjoy the pleasures of astronomy-related humor that astronomers and students experience every day! Also, can you find a few familiar constellations along the top of the … Continue reading

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