The Astronomy Department at the University of Illinois will be hosting our first ever Annual Open House at the Campus Observatory (map and directions) this Saturday April 23.
This event is free, kid friendly, educational, and awesome. You will get to observe the moons of Jupiter with a National Historic Landmark telescope and hear about how the Universe was born and how stars form and eventually die in fiery explosions to make black holes.
In the afternoon (1-5PM) we will host a series of short (20 min) public lectures tailored to non-scientists. Topics include: the birth of stars, supernovae, black holes, galaxies, and cosmology. Astronomy faculty, researchers, and students will be on-hand to answer questions.
We will have many telescopes out to observe the Sun, hands-on demonstrations, tours of the historic 12" telescope (a National Historic Landmark!), tours of the modern instrumentation laboratory for observational cosmology, a display of antique astronomical equipment from the Observatory, and astronomy-inspired artwork from local artists.
In the evening (8-10PM) we will open up the historic 12" telescope to observe Jupiter and its moons. Professional astronomers will be on hand to answer any and all questions related to astronomy.
Saturday weather is looking kind to us for observing, but the event will happen rain or shine.
We hope to see you there! Do not hesitate to ask if you have questions or would like more information.
Brian Fields, Professor and Chair of Astronomy