- Aug 29 New Student Orientation
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- Sep 1 New Student Orientation
- Sep 1 Orientation: MacReads Lecture for First Year Students
- Sep 2 Classes Begin
- Sep 2 New Traditions: 2014 Faculty Exhibition
- Sep 4 Author Daniel Gilbert to Speak at Opening Convocation
- Sep 5 Taste of Service and Involvement Fair
- Sep 6 Cheer on the Scots in Their Home Opener
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.