Star Parties & Public Lectures
Earn up to 2 points of participation credit by attending Astronomy Department-sponsored Star Parties, which occur on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday
evenings during the semester, weather permitting. The Wednesday night events are held on the roof of RLM Hall,
while the Friday and Saturday ones use the telescope on the roof of Painter Hall. See details
You must request a signed slip from the person in charge, and turn
it in to the T.A. within the next week to receive credit. No more than two Star
Parties can count for participation credit.
Public Lecture - April 4
Dr. Wendy Freedman, The Crawford H. Greenwalt Chair and Director of the Carnegie Observatories, and this year's
Antoinette Devaucouleurs Medalist and Lecturer, will present the public lecture
A Journey of Discovery: Our Expanding Universe,
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 4:30-5:30 PM, in ETC 2.136
Dr. Freedman was recognized with the prestigious 2009 Gruber Cosmology Prize for her work on the measurement of the Hubble constant,
whose value determines the current rate of expansion of the universe. You can earn one point of participation credit for attending this talk
and writing up what you learned in a paragraph or two. Write-ups must be turned in as handwritten hard copy.
Public Lecture - February 11
Dr. Roger P. Angel delivers the Twentieth Annual Great Lecture in Astronomy,
"A New Job for Telescopes: Making Solar Electricity,"
February 11 at 1:00 PM in ACES 2.302. Dr. Angel is the Director of the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab, and Regents Professor of Astronomy and Optical Sciences
at the University of Arizona. You can earn one point of participation credit for attending this talk and writing up what you learned in a paragraph
or two. Write-ups must be turned in as handwritten hard copy, no later than Thurs., Feb. 16.