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Meteorite Research Described in The Conversation

Planetary Science Group members Bill Herbst and Jim Greenwood have written an article for a general audience describing their interdisciplinary work on meteorites. Check it out in The Conversation.

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Andrea Ghez visits as 2019 Sturm Lecturer

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Andrea Ghez, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA and the world’s leading expert on the black hole at the center of our galaxy visited the department for two days this week. She delivered the 2019 Sturm Lecture to an … Continue reading

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Astronomy Grad Student Receives Award from the American Astronomical Society

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We are pleased to announce that Jessica Klusmeyer, a second year graduate student in our MA program, received a Chambliss Student Achievement Award from the American Astronomical Society at its 233rd meeting in Seattle, WA in January, 2019. The award … Continue reading

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The Seattle Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

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It was amazing to see how many Wesleyan folks, past and present, were a part of the 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle. Here is just a partial list of contributors and attendees I ran into. Apologies … Continue reading

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Watching the eclipse from the top of the world

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When I learned that a meeting of my division of the American Astronomical Society would be held in the path of totality of the August 21st eclipse, I knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Having never been to Idaho, my family … Continue reading

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Solar Eclipse Viewing at VVO, August 21st starting at 1pm

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Come to the Van Vleck Observatory on August 21st, 2017, to see the partial eclipse of the Sun! We may not be in the narrow path of totality, but we’ll still be able to see 65% of the Sun disappear. … Continue reading

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2017 Sturm Lecture

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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Celebrating Van Vleck Observatory’s 100th Birthday!

On June 16, 2016, one hundred years to the day of the dedication of Van Vleck Observatory, the Astronomy Department hosted a Centennial Symposium and reception. Over one hundred people — about 1/3 alumni, 1/3 current Wesleyan staff and students, … Continue reading

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See Mae Jemison Give the Sturm Lecture on April 19th at 8pm!

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Mae Jemison is the 2016 Sturm Lecturer and will be giving a public lecture next Tuesday, April 19th at 8pm in the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (formerly the CFA Hall).  Her talk is entitled, “Exploring the Frontiers of Science … Continue reading

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Capturing a moment that wasn’t

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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

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