New Campus 0.6-m Telescope

On February 22, 2020 a new 0.61-m telescope was installed in the campus observatory on the top of the Eyring Science Center.  This is a new state-of-the-art PlaneWave CDK24 telescope.  It is currently in the process of being commissioned to make it a fully robotic system.  This telescope will support undergraduate student research, the observational astronomy class (Phscs 329), and potentially the descriptive astronomy class (Phscs 127).  Early test targets will include transiting planet candidates from the NASA TESS satellite and pulsating variable stars.

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Image for Mystery of Haumea's Formation Solved
BYU Physics and Astronomy student Benjamin Proudfoot recently published research in the prestigious journal Nature Communications that solves the mystery of the icy dwarf planet Haumea's formation.
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Students and faculty from theBYU Astronomy and Physics department captured images from space at an observatory in New Mexico to research explaining the evolution of the universe.
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Dr. Hart's sabbatical propels work on new techniques for constructing interatomic potentials
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Dr. Turley influences the future of physics education during his time as program officer for education division of the National Science Foundation
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A new and improved planetarium experience
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Ways Students have Adapted to the Pandemic
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Dr. Boizelle brings radio astronomy to the department
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Dr. Della Corte's computational biophysics is the heart of the new Consortium of Molecular Design
Image for Dr. Scott Sommerfeldt Awarded an ASA Silver Medal
Dr. Scott Sommerfeldt awarded the Silver Medal of the Acoustical Society of America for work in active noise control