MacAdam Student Observatory

 

The MacAdam Student Observatory is a University of Kentucky building located on top of parking garage structure #2 that is used by faculty and students for research and learning.

Except when the observatory is open to the public, the parking gates in parking structure #2 are generally down and is patrolled by officers. Here is a map to nearby alternative parking.

 

 

Our street address is 301 Hilltop Ave., Lexington, KY 40506.

Timothy Knauer, Director

MacAdam Student Observatory
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Email: TimKnauer@uky.edu
Phone (Observatory): (859) 257-5330
Phone (Office): (859) 257-7147

Visit our official Facebook page.

 

News & Updates

 

Kentucky Sky Talk Speaker: Dr. Thomas Troland, University of Kentucky

Title: When Galaxies Collide

Stars within galaxies hardly ever collide at random, they are just too far apart compared to their sizes.  But galaxy collisions are occurring all over the universe!  A galaxy collision may take hundreds of millions of years to play out.  But the results can be spectacular - new stars forming, black holes merging, and quasars erupting.  And look out!  Our own Milky Way Galaxy may be on a collision course with the Andromeda Galaxy.  Fireworks ahead!

September 11, 2014  8:00PM, Chemistry-Physics Building Room 155

(PDF maps on this page were created using Guide 9)

The MacAdam Student Observatory staff are pleased to welcome the public to our facility. We present a program of public outreach on every second Thursday of the month.  A 40-minute presentation on astronomy will be held  in  the Chemistry-Physics Building, before moving across the street to the observatory, weather permitting. Note that the temperature at the telescope is the same as it is outside. The Observatory is located on Parking Structure #2 on the University of Kentucky campus on this map.)

Parking Note: Guests for the monthly SkyTalk that bring vehicles should plan on leaving them in Parking Structure #2, next to the observatory. Visitors that park elsewhere are subject to citation. Some streets near the observatory will be closed due to construction intermittently over the next few years. The recommended path to Parking Structure #2 is outlined in red, here: 2014-Sept Directions with street closures.pdf.

To AST191 and 192 Students:

Students may find information on attending observing sessions for the Spring 2014 semester here

Astronomy Students: the observatory will open tonight, Monday, September 29, 2014.  

When open, viewing sessions begin at 9, 9:30, 10, 10:30. 

The Bluegrass Amateur Astronomy Club will hold public stargazing programs at at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary once a month during March through November in 2014. Details can be found at the bgaac.org website, under the “News and Events” tab. 

  • Astronomy Picture of the Day:  A visually stunning page with a cogent paragraph explaining the daily image.  Their archives go back to June, 1995.
  • SpaceWeather: Updated every day, the site covers the Sun, the Solar Wind, Aurora Borealis, Noctilucent Clouds, and information of bright satellite passes over your location. (See Satellite Flybys in the panel on the right.)
  • Is it going to be clear or cloudy tonight? See Attilla Danko's page for your area. In Lexington, KY,  we use this Clear Sky Chart. Read the top line of the chart, white is cloudy and dark blue predicts clear skies.

Calendar of Events

Date Time & Place Speaker Title and link to flyer
Sept 11, 2014 8PM CP-155 Dr. Thomas Troland When Galaxies Collide
Aug 14, 2014 8PM CP-155 Kyle McCarthy The Inception of the Solar System
July 10, 2014 8PM CP-155 Tim Knauer To the Universe: Just Hold Are You, Anyway?
June 12, 2014 8PM CP-155 Tim Knauer Saturn: From Cassini to Cassini
Night of May 23-24 2-4 AM EDT ? Possible New Meteor Shower - NASA Video Link to the right http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw3hVTUQ43U
May 8, 2014 8:00 PM CP-220 Dr. Ron Wilhelm Stars that pulsate and what they teach us about the universe.
April 10, 2014 8:00 PM CP-139 Tim Knauer The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man Made Missions
March 13, 2014 8:00 PM CP-139 Dr. Thomas Troland A Trip to Mars
February 13, 2014 7:00 PM CP-139 Dr. Joseph Straley The Science of Climate Change
January 9, 2014 7:00 PM CP-155 Rick Schrantz

Amateur Planetary Imaging Over the Years

December 12, 2013

7:00 PM CP-155

Dr. Gary Ferland The Star of Bethlehem
November 14, 2013

7:00 PM CP-155

Tim Knauer Comet ISON and the Sungrazers
October 10, 2013 7:00 PM CP-155 Dr. Ron Wilhelm How old are Surface Features on the Planets and Moons?
September 12, 2013 8:00 PM CP-155 Dr. Thomas Troland The sky at many wavelengths
August 8, 2013 8:00 PM CP-155 Aaron Morris Dwarf Planets: Stellar Pets
July 11, 2013 8:00 PM CP-155 Gururaj Wagle The Midlife Crisis
June 13, 2013 8:00 PM CP-155 Kyle McCarthy Stellar Daycare
May 9, 2013 8:00 PM CP-155 Dr. Dale Kocevski Black Holes through Cosmic Time
April 11, 2013 8:00 PM CP-155 Dr. Tom Troland

Where we live in the universe

March 14, 2013 8:00 PM CP-155 Dr. Renbin Yan The Universe in Rainbow Colors and Beyond
February 14, 2013 7:00 PM CP-155 Tim Knauer Inquisitive About Quasars
January 10, 2013 7:00 PM CP-155 Dr. Ron Wilhelm What Ancient Stars Tell Us about the Universe
December 13, 2012 7:15PM CP-155 Dr. Gary Ferland The Star of Bethlehem
November 8, 2012 7PM CP-155 Tim Knauer The Real Big Bang Theory
October 11, 2012 7PM CP-155 Dr. Tom Troland

Why We Don't Need Humans in Space:

A Robotic Tour of the Solar System

September 13, 2012 8PM CP-155 Tim Knauer Inquisitive About Quasars
August 9, 2012 8PM CP-155 Gururaj Wagle Eclipses: Superstition to Fascination
July 12, 2012 8PM CP-155 Furea Kiuchi

Exploring the Solar System with Robots

June 14, 2012 8PM CP-155 Aaron Morris Denizens of the Galactic Zoo
June 5, 2012 6PM-8:40PM SPECIAL EVENT Weather permitting, join us at The Arboretum to safely view the last Transit of Venus in you and your children's lifetimes.
May 31, 2012

7:30 PM CP-155

Tim Knauer Standing in the Shadow of Venus
May 10, 2012 8PM CP-155 Kyle McCarthy Finding Alien Planets Around Nearby Stars!
Apr 12, 2012

8PM CP-155

Dr. Robert O'Dell Building the Hubble Space Telescope
Mar 8, 2012 7PM CP-155 Dr. Gary Ferland The Mars they saw, and the Mars that really is.
Feb 9, 2012 7PM CP-155 Dr. Thomas Troland

The Andromeda Galaxy - The most distant object you can see with your naked eye, but it's getting closer all the time!

Jan 12, 2012 7PM CP-155 Dr. Ron Wilhelm How Einstein's Relativity Changed Our Cosmic Perspective
Dec 8, 2011 7PM CP-155 Dr. Susan Gardner Illuminating the Dark Sector of the Universe
Nov 10, 2011 7PM CP155 Dr. Brad Plaster Why is there more matter than anti-matter in the Universe?
Oct 13, 2011 8PM - CP155 Dr. Moshe Elitzur

How do we know the age of the Universe?

Sep 8, 2011 8PM - CP155 Tim Knauer Astronomy from the Big City
Aug 11, 2011 8PM - CP155 Furea Kiuchi Black Holes: No Escape Even at the Speed of Light
July 14, 2011 8PM - CP155  Tim Knauer Killer Asteroids and Comets: Ignorance is Bliss
June 9, 2011 8PM - CP155  Aaron Morris  Pulsars: The Galaxy's Lighthouses
May 12, 2011 8PM - CP155  Kristen Thompson Our Solar System's Shining Star - The Sun
Apr 14, 2011 8PM - CP155  Dr. Richard Gray Exploring the Personalities of Stars through their Spectra
 Mar 10, 2011 7PM Dr. Gary Ferland The Man in the Moon
Feb 10, 2011 7PM  Dr. Tom Troland  A Voyage to Orion
Jan 13, 2011 7PM  Dr. Joe Straley Is the Earth Getting Warmer?
Dec 9, 2010 7PM CP155 Dr. Jennifer Birriel Life in the Universe
Nov 10, 2010 7PM Dr. Thomas Pannuti Supernovae: Things That Go *BOOM!* in the Night
Oct 14, 2010 7PM Dr. Marco Ciocca Telescopes, Planets and Stars, oh my...What can be seen and what is needed.
Sep 9, 2010 8PM Tim Knauer Our Universe in 3-d
Aug 12, 2010 8PM Tim Knauer The Perseid Meteor Shower: See and Hear Pieces of Comet Swift-Tuttle
Jul 8, 2010 8PM  Dr. Ron Wilhelm Size in the Universe: What Are You Really Seeing?  
Jun 10, 2010 8PM Tim Knauer Exploding Stars: the biggest bangs since the first one.
May 13, 2010 8PM Dr. Brad Canon  Where are they? Hypotheses about why intelligent life in the Galaxy hasn't contacted us. 
Apr 8, 2010 8PM  Jake Gamsky  Students for the Exploration and Development of Space 
Mar 11, 2010 7PM  Dr. Raymond LeBeau  A Galaxy of Giant Planets 
Feb 11, 2010 7PM  Brandon Hargis  The Hubble Space Telescope: Scientific Breakthroughs and Breathtaking Images 
Jan 14, 2010 7PM  Dr. John Yopp Astrobiology: What Earth's Extreme Life Forms Tell Us about the Possibilities of Life on Other Planets 
Dec 10, 2009 7PM Anna Quider  The Dusty Universe 
Nov 12, 2009 7PM  Bill Brockman Elements of Digital Astrophotography 

 

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