News and Events

 

FUIO Newsletter Issue #12- The Summer Solstice 2015 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:

FUIO Newsletter Issue #11- The Spring Equinox 2015 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:

FUIO Newsletter Issue #10 - The Winter Solstice 2014 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:

FUIO Newsletter Issue #9 - The Fall Equinox 2014 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:

FUIO Newsletter Issue #8- The Summer Solstice 2014 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published. Since the last newsletter we continue progressing toward our goal of $20,000. Thus far we are over 75% of the way there! Thank you for your continued support. The latest issue includes:

FUIO Newsletter Issue #7- The Spring Equinox 2014 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:

FUIO Newsletter Issue #6- The Winter Solstice 2013 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:

FUIO Newsletter Issue #5- The Fall Equinox 2013 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:

FUIO Newsletter Issue #3- The Spring Equinox 2013 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:

FUIO Newsletter Issue #2- The Winter Solstice 2012 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:

FUIO Newsletter Debut Issue - We are proud to announce that Friends of the Observatory Newsletter Issue #1 (September 2012) is published! Download a copy and check it out! In this issue:

 

Illinois Homecoming 2012 Public Open House - The Friends of the Observatory, University of Illinois Astronomical Society, and the Department of Astronomy will be hosting a public open house at the Campus Observatory on Friday, October 26th at 8pm (weather permitting), following the Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally! Come out and see the stars before cheering the Illini on to victory!

 

Fundraising campaign under way to repair UI Observatory - Friends of the UI Observatory, a group formed to renovate the aging campus landmark, is hoping to solicit donations from alumni by reminding them of their connection with the 1896 building, still used for lab work for basic astronomy classes. The brick-and-mortar building surrounding the original 15-foot-tall 12-inch refracting telescope is starting to crumble as a result of time and water damage.

 

'Illinois - Where Astronomical Photometry Grew Up' - An article on the development of photoelectric photometry at the University of Illinois written by Illinois alumnus Dr. Michael Svec (1988) and Barry Beaman will be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. This paper traces the history of the career of Dr. Joel Stebbins, an astronomy instructor and Director of the University of Illinois Observatory, and his development of photoelectric photometry from 1903 to 1922