International Year of Astronomy Draws To A Close

The Department of Physics & Astronomy hosted the final showing of the IYA 2009 Film Festival on December 12, 2009, marking the end of the University of Utah’s International Year of Astronomy (IYA) celebration. The IYA marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s first recorded astronomical observations and the publication of Johannes Kepler’s Astronomia nova.

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Past Events

Since the beginning of Fall semester, the Department of Physics & Astronomy has been involved in many activities and events that have increased its visibility in the community, and helped strengthen internal relations as well.

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W.L. Eccles Observatory Sees First Light

First images being viewed by Willard L. Eccles Observatory at Frisco Peak.

The new Willard L. Eccles Observatory’s 32” reflecting telescope took its first pictures the night of Oct. 15, 2009. The new observatory, with telescope built by DFM Engineering, is located at an elevation of about 9,600 feet on Frisco Peak, near Milford, Utah. The university announced plans for the telescope in 2006, and Associate Professor Wayne Springer says he is “relieved, excited and exuberant” that it has started observing the sky.

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Growing An Astronomy Program at the University

Lee J. Siegel (Originally published 8/25/08) Science news specialist, University of Utah Public Relations

In the last few years, the Department of Physics & Astronomy has worked to grow an astronomy program with the support of the Willard L. Eccles Charitable Foundation. The department added an astronomy minor program, and used an $88,000 Eccles grant to refurbish an observatory atop the South Physics Building.

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College of Science Alumni Association

Did you graduate from the University of Utah in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, or Math? Check out the College of Science's Alumni Association to connect with fellow alum like yourself.

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