Kristine I. Spangard, Department Coordinator
Welcome to the Astronomy Home
The Astronomy branch of Macalester's Physics Department provides a variety of courses as well as edifying faciities for students interested in the study of the universe itself.
The Astronomy Emphasis physics major allows interested students to explore both theoretical and observational astrophysics. These classes build fundamental skills that are suitable for graduate study in exciting areas such as planets, stars, galaxies, and the nature of the cosmos itself.
Macalester AT AAS MEETING
Macalester students and staff attended the 225th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle, WA, 4-8 January 2015. (l to r): Ned Molter, Andrew McNichols, Yaron Teich, Tayeb Zaidi, Asra Nizami, Sophia Wiedmann, Erik Alfvin, Charlotte Martinkus, Cedric Hagen. (Photo by John Cannon)
Macalester part of three-year collaborative NSF grant promoting undergraduate research
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Macalester College and 18 other colleges and universities across the United States a three-year collaborative grant in the amount of $437,883 in support of undergraduate research. The 19 undergraduate-focused institutions are a consortium known as “The Undergraduate ALFALFA Team” (UAT). This NSF-funded work with UAT will provide Macalester Astronomy Professor John M. Cannon and his undergraduates hands-on observation and data analysis experience at world-class observing facilities in Puerto Rico and New Mexico. NSF grant promoting undergraduate research press release
NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Research Grant Received
This “Research at Undergraduate Institutions” award, totaling $295,659, provides three years of support for the “Survey of HI in Extremely Low-mass Dwarfs” (SHIELD). SHIELD, led at Macalester by Professor John Cannon, is an ongoing study, using data from various ground- and space-based observatories, of the physical characteristics of extremely low-mass galaxies in the local universe. Grant to study mysterious galaxies 10-11-2012
Public nights fall semester 2015 will be held on the following dates, weather permitting. In case of cloudy weather forcing cancellations, we will, whenever possible, offer alternate dates on Thursdays following each scheduled Sunday session. (Note that if the session on 22 Nov. is cancelled, there will not be an alternate night on Thursday, 26 Nov. due to the Thanksgiving holiday.):
Sunday, 13 Sep., 8:30-10:30 PM
Sunday, 27 Sep., 8:30-10:30 PM (Lunar eclipse!)
Sunday, 11 Oct., 8:30-10:30 PM
Sunday, 25 Oct., 8:30-10:30 PM
Sunday, 8 Nov., 7:30-9:30 PM
Sunday, 22 Nov., 7:30-9:30 PM
Sunday, 6 Dec., 7:30-9:30 PM
Physics and Geology Teas
Please join the Physics & Astronomy and Geology Departments for coffee, tea, and refreshments.
When: Wednesdays at 3 p.m.
Where: The Olin/Rice Hall first floor Atrium
(outside the Physics & Astronomy and Geology faculty offices)