UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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Observatory photos from an earlier viewing. Objects to be seen include planets, globular clusters, open clusters, nebulae, galaxies, moons and double stars.

Physics

Observatory

The UWRF Observatory, located on third floor of Centennial Science Hall (south end stairwell) is equipped with a 16-inch Meade computer-controlled LX200GPS mounted under the dome, three portable telescopes (two 12-inch Meade LX200 and one 18-inch Obsession Dobsonian), Coronado SolarMax60 and PST Solar Telescopes. We also have two parallel RadioJOVE telescopes installed on the roof of Rodli Hall across the street, in addition to a number of QuarkNet cosmic ray air shower detectors running at various times throughout the year.

Astronomy Talks and Observatory Viewings - Spring 2020

The talks will be held in 271 CSH and, if the night is clear, the observatory viewing sessions will be on the third floor deck of CSH. Both are free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages. People can call 715-425-3560 or view this web page after 6 p.m. on the day to see whether the night is clear enough for viewing, but the talk will go on as scheduled. 

Questions? Email Eileen Korenic at eileen.korenic@uwrf.edu for information on pre-observatory talks and Glenn Spiczak at glenn.spiczak@uwrf.edu for observatory information.


Objects to be seen include planets, globular clusters, open clusters, nebulae, galaxies, moons, and double stars.

Tuesday, Feb. 18

8 p.m. Talk: “Betelgeuse Dimming: Ready to Supernova?”
Presenter: Eileen Korenic
8:30 p.m. Telescopes (waning crescent moon)

Sunday, March 8    *Daylight Saving Time Begins*

Wednesday, March 18 

8 p.m. Talk: “The Oldest Material on Earth: Seven-Billion-Year-Old Stardust”
Presenter: Eileen Korenic
8:30 p.m. Telescopes (waning crescent moon)

Wednesday, April 29 -- Canceled

8 p.m. Talk: “Megaconstellations of Satellites: How Many Is Too Many?”
Presenter: Eileen Korenic
8:30 p.m. Telescopes (waxing crescent moon)

 

Observing Tips | Stargazing Links


The observatory is on the third floor, south side of Centennial Science Hall (CSH), at the corner of 6th Street and Cascade Avenue. 
Sessions are free and open to the public. 

If you need assistance or elevator access to the third floor, please let us know (elevator keying is required). Talks are in room 271 CSH on the opposite side of the building, closest to the north entrance.

Clear Sky Chart (click to view in new window)

 

 


 

UWRF Physics home page

Weather Conditions for Viewing
The sky should be almost completely clear, so look up before you leave home. Generally, we will cancel a session by 6 p.m. and post our decision here to allow for adequate setup time. The talk will go on regardless of the weather.

Our decision is a best guess based on current satellite images and forecasts, but occasionally we are fooled and request your forgiveness. Check this site or call 715-425-3560 for the latest update.

Feel free to make your own weather prediction using weather.com

Contact Us

Physics Department
physics@uwrf.edu
Phone: 715-425-3235
Fax: 715-425-0652

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