- Mar 31 Inaugural Lecture of Thomas Halverson, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science
- Apr 2 Discussion: Greece in Turmoil
- Apr 11 Macalester Concert Choir and Highland Camerata
- Apr 12 Chopin Society presents pianist Yevgeny Sudbin
- Apr 12 Wind Ensemble Concert
- Apr 14 Global Citizens Celebration
- Apr 17 Chamber Ensemble Concert
- Apr 19 Early Music Ensemble Concert
- Apr 24 Spring Dance Concert
- Apr 26 Pipe Band Concert
On Thursday April 4, Macalester's observatory was open to the public. Astronomy students were on hand to explain cool nebulae, star clusters, and planets.
"My favorite part, " says Elijah Bernstein-Cooper '13, "is showing people a new way to look at something that's been above their heads the entire time."
The Macalester College Observatory is a science-grade facility featuring a 16-inch reflecting telescope, custom-designed and built by DFM Engineering. This is not just a telescope for looking at pretty objects; this is a telescope that can be used for meaningful scientific research projects. In many respects it looks and acts just like the large (2 to 4-meter) telescopes at the national facilities (e.g., Kitt Peak National Observatory).
Students were able to see Jupiter and it's four moons. Rotating the telescope showed a cluster of stars. "You kind of feel like you are in a Star Wars movie," says Casey Dallavalle '15.
The observatory is in Olin-Rice 404.