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  • SMAS Winter Lectures Rock…

    Dr. Stacy Palin presented the first of our 2009 winter lectures, News From The Very Latest In Very Large Arrays, last night at the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies to large and enthusiastic audience.

    She has the amazing ability to present this complex subject matter in a clear and comprehensible way.  I was amazed with the breadth of the information she was able to cover in the hour.

    “The speed of light… it’s more than just a good idea, it’s like a law.”

    We all need to extend a Very Large Thank You to Dr. Palin for taking the time to share this wonderful presentation with all of us.  Cheers…

  • Astronomical Imaging; The Point When Art Breaks Through Science

    The night-time sky has captured the hearts and imaginations of individuals since the beginning of mankind. Join Ryan Hannahoe as he discusses the art of basic digital astronomical photography. Within his lecture, Ryan will share some of his many works, along with processing an image ‘on-the-fly’ for the audience to see how processing techniques can be applied.

    Ryan Hannahoe is the Director of Client Support Services with the Fair Dinkum Skies Observatory and is a student at Montana State University.

    Date: Friday, April 24.
    Time: 7:30 PM.
    Place: Museum of the Rockies in the Hager Auditorium.

    For more information regarding the lecture go to The Museum Of The Rockies web site.

    The above photograph was taken by Ryan Hannahoe remotely over the Internet with a telescope located in Western, Australia at the Fair Dinkum Skies Observatory. The Eta Carinae Nebula resides in the southern constellation of Carina and is roughly 6,500 light-years away from Earth. The total exposure time for this photograph adds up to over 40 hours worth of data. Come see Ryan and more of his work at his talk in the winter lecture series.

  • News From The Very Latest In Very Large Arrays

    The Very Large Array, the most powerful radio telescope on the planet, is in the midst of an upgrade. It will soon see more of the sky, in more detail, across more of the radio spectrum than ever before. Find out what’s happening, what’s new, and what to expect in the very near future.

    Please join Stacy Palen, Assistant Professor at Weber State University for this lecture on Friday, January 30 in the Hager Auditorium at the Museum of the Rockies.