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.
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.
Public nights this semester will be held from 8:00-10:00 PM on the following dates, weather permitting:
Thursday, September 13
Thursday, September 27
Thursday, October 11
Tuesday, October 23
Thursday, November 8
Thursday, December 6
Physics and Geology Teas
Please join the Physics & Astronomy and Geology Departments for coffee, tea, and refreshments.
When: Thursdays at 4 p.m.
Where: The Olin/Rice Hall first floor Atrium
(outside the Physics & Astronomy and Geology faculty offices)