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:
- Keeping the Art of Amateur Astronomy Alive - The University of Illinois Astronomical Society provides great opportunities for the new members toreally start seeing the night skies.
- Feasibility Study Update - Brush Architects has completed the first
phase of the assessment of the Astronomical Observatory.
- Prairie Skies - Why build observatories in the cloudy flat Midwest?
FUIO Newsletter Issue #11- The Spring Equinox 2015 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:
- Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy - The University of Illinois Observatory has been included as a short case study on the Portal to the Heritage of Astronomy.
- ESPN Spotlight - The Observatory enjoyed 30 seconds of ESPN2 fame during the November 22, 2014 Illinois-Penn State football game.
- The Observatory’s Role - An essay on the purpose of the historic Observatory on today's modern campus by alumnus Ronald Schorn (PhD 1963).
FUIO Newsletter Issue #10 - The Winter Solstice 2014 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:
- Homecoming 2014 – Clear skies and a victory! - The third annual Homecoming Friends open
house once again featured clear skies and several hundred visitors.
- Board Meeting - During Homecoming the Board gathered for its annual
meeting at the Astronomy Department Building.
- Why this place matters . . . - This fall, Friend and alumnus F. Samuel Bauer, class
of 1965, returned for the first time in 49 years.
FUIO Newsletter Issue #9 - The Fall Equinox 2014 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:
- UIAS Founding - Marking the 60th anniversary of the founding of UIAS, an interview with C.B.G. Campbell, the Society's first president.
- The First Observatory - The first observatory was opened in 1872.
- Star of the Week - Jim Kaler has published over 100 books and papers on stars. He maintains a website which features a different star every week.
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:
- Teaching Excellence - Constructed as a teaching facility, the Observatory continues in its original mission.
- UIAS Anniversary - The UIAS and the Observatory’s histories over the last 6 decades are intertwined.
- VRO Log Cabin - The Vermillion River Observatory’s 400-foot cylindrical radio telescope was dedicated in the fall of 1962. The UIAS played an earthy role in the construction of that unusual celestial telescope.
FUIO Newsletter Issue #7- The Spring Equinox 2014 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:
- 60 Years & Counting - The Astronomical Society at the
University of Illinois is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
- The skies through the Equatorial - UIAS members have a passion for capturing the night sky through the 12-inch.
- The Order of Klinkerfuess - This award dates back to the earliest days of the UIAS.
FUIO Newsletter Issue #6- The Winter Solstice 2013 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:
- Telescope Refurbished - What is next? - The next step toward the preservation and renovation of the Observatory building has begun.
- Board Meeting - During Homecoming the Board gathered for its annual meeting at the Astronomy Department Building.
- Homecoming 2013 - The completion of the telescope restoration was celebrated with a reception for the Friends as well as a public open house.
FUIO Newsletter Issue #5- The Fall Equinox 2013 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:
- "WOW" - The Warner & Swasey refractor returned to campus on
July 31st, ahead of schedule and on budget.
- Renovation Details - What was done to rehabilitate the historic 12" telescope?
- Illinois Homecoming 2013 - The second annual Homecoming Open House at the Observatory will start at 8pm on Friday, October 25th after the pep rally.
- Restoration Begins - Something was in the air on May 22nd, and it was the
- Hello Dave . . . - Why did Arthur C. Clarke select Urbana as the birthplace of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey?
- Our Neighbor: Morrow Plots - Morrow Plots is well known on campus as a
National Landmark and the oldest continuous agricultural research fields in the United States.
FUIO Newsletter Issue #3- The Spring Equinox 2013 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:
- Campaign Success! - Last week we were delighted to learn that the Chancellor’s Fund will contribute to the Friends of the Observatory Fund.
- The Stars Return - Former UIAS President Maraget Gelman recounts how a campus power outage brought dark skies back to the Observatory (briefly).
- Chicago's Century of Progress - Read how light from Arcturus observed from Urbana was used to open the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago.
FUIO Newsletter Issue #2- The Winter Solstice 2012 issue of the Friends of the Observatory Newsletter is published! The latest issue includes:
- Homecoming 2012 - A report on the first annual Homecoming Observatorty Open House hosted by the Astronomy Department, FUIO, and the UIAS!
- Campaign 2013 - The Friends of the Observatory board met during
Homecoming and set a fund raising goal for 2013.
- Telescope Survey - A report on an assessment of the 12-inch refractor by Christopher Ray and Frank Orthlieb.
- From the Log Book... - A new feature highlighting entries from the Observtory log books.
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:
- "WOW" - Professor emeritus Jim Kaler shares his thoughts on the need to preserve our historic past.
- Renovation Potential - Architecture students completed a Historic Structures Report researching the architectural and historical narrative of the building and documenting the current physical state.
- Remembering Dr. Ken Yoss (1926 - 2012) by Grant J. Miller
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