MacAdam Student Observatory
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
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News & Updates
Kentucky Sky Talk Speaker: Kyle McCarthy
Title: The Secret Lives of Stars: Stellar Daycare
13-June-2013 8:00PM, Chemistry-Physics Building Room 155
- Flyer: June SkyTalk Flyer.pdf
- June All-Sky Chart.pdf
- (PDF maps on this page were created using Guide 9)
The June, July, and August SkyTalks will be devoted to a three-part series called The Secret Lives of Stars. The dates, titles, and speakers are below.
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.
To AST191 and 192 Students:
The observatory is now closed to students for the Spring 2013 semester.
The May Sky
For Your Eyes Only
The familiar Big Dipper asterism is practically overhead after dusk in May. The Dipper though is only a part of the constellation Ursa Major, the great bear. It’s interesting to note that more than one culture, with no apparent means of contact between them, have seen a bear when looking up at these stars.
For Your Binoculars
In the northern hemisphere at the mid-latitudes, spring is the one time of the year that you can go out after dusk in the evening, look up from a dark site, and not see the Milky Way. The Milky Way galaxy is shaped somewhat like two fried eggs, back-to-back, in which we are embedded about 2/3rds of the way out from the center of the yolk. Looking up at this time of the year gives us the best views of objects that are not part of our galaxy, i.e. other galaxies. The brightest of them can be seen in large binoculars or a small telescope.
The Bluegrass Amateur Astronomy Club will hold public stargazing programs at at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary once a month during March-November in 2013. The next programs, weather permitting, are Saturday May 11th, and Saturday June 8th, after sunset.
The June, July, and August SkyTalks will be devoted to a three-part series called The Secret Lives of Stars.
- 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 is clear skies.
Calendar of Events
|Date||Time & Place||Speaker||Title and Link to Flyer|
|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|
|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||
|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|