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Scientific heart of giant telescope comes together

January 28, 2005

In the spring of 2005, when the new Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) trains its huge eye on the southern sky for the first time, the starlight it gathers will be parsed and analyzed by an instrument more befitting a space-based telescope than a ground-based monster.

Milky Way churning out new stars at a furious pace

May 27, 2004

Some of the first data from a new orbiting infrared telescope are revealing that the Milky Way - and by analogy galaxies in general - is making new stars at a much more prolific pace than astronomers imagined.

NASA scientist to lecture on blue planets, black holes

May 3, 2004

The mysteries of planet hunting, black holes and other cosmic phenomena will be the subject of a special public lecture by UW–Madison alumna and NASA scientist Anne Kinney on Friday, May 7.

Public invited to reading of play about female astronomer

April 26, 2004

The public is invited to a free reading of "Comet Hunter," a new play about the life and career of a female astronomer who helped shape the modern history of her field. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 3, on the UW–Madison campus.

Expert in search for extraterrestrial intelligence to speak

February 2, 2004

The "founding father" of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, Frank Drake, will give a free public lecture at UW–Madison at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19 in 1315 Chemistry Building, 1101 University Ave.

New tracks in the snow

January 27, 2004

The neutrino telescope IceCube is making its first tracks in the South Pole's snow, reports Jeff Cherwinka, an engineer with the Antarctic Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Institute at UW–Madison.

Astronomer named prestigious Packard Fellow

October 15, 2003

Amy Barger, a UW–Madison professor of astronomy, is one of 16 young academics named a 2003 Packard Foundation Fellow for Science and Engineering, it was announced today (Oct. 15).

Sparke elected APS fellow

January 14, 2003

Astronomy professor Linda Sparke has been elected to the fellowship program at the American Physical Society, a worldwide federation of more than 42,000 physicists.

There was a young man who lived under a telescope

October 30, 2002

Sure, graduate students live in all sorts of places all over town, but probably only one lives underneath a big telescope. As part of his job through the Astronomy Department, Aaron Steffen gets to live an observational astronomer's dream: to spend each night beneath the giant dome of a working observatory.

Descendant of Newton’s apple tree gravitates to UW

May 23, 2001

A direct descendant of the apple tree that bore the falling fruit that inspired the notion of gravitation by Sir Isaac Newton is being donated to UW–Madison by U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner.

Polar telescope sights first high-energy neutrinos

March 21, 2001

A novel telescope, buried deep in the Antarctic ice at the South Pole, has become the first instrument to detect and track high-energy neutrinos from space, setting the stage for a new field of astronomy that promises a view of some of the most distant, enigmatic and violent phenomena in the universe.

Wisconsin astronomers acquire Kitt Peak telescope

March 19, 2001

Working through the WIYN consortium, astronomers from UW–Madison and three other UW System schools - UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Whitewater - have entered into an agreement with the National Optical Astronomical Observatories to acquire and operate a 0.9-meter telescope atop Kitt Peak, Ariz.

UW to help build monster telescope

August 3, 2000

The university has joined forces with an international consortium to help build and operate a major new South African observatory.

Park Street: The final frontier

May 2, 2000

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Planetary scientists to align in Madison

September 25, 1998

From Oct. 11-16, Madison will be the focal point of the solar system for the community of scientists who study the planets and the menagerie of solar system objects as the American Astronomical Society's Division of Planetary Science meets here.