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.

News and Events

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The 2024 SRC will be held on February 24. Abstracts are due January 26. Come present your research, compete for prizes, and have a pizza lunch.
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Y Magazine recognizes finalist for the 2023 National Science Foundation’s Presidential Award of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
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Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics provides support and opportunities for female BYU physics students
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Dr. Micah Shepherd, Acoustic Physicist, joins faculty
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Dr. Karine Chesnel awarded Interdisciplinary Research Origination Grant
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Professor Scott and Lisa Sommerfeldt in Missouri Independence Mission
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A recent research adventure took Dr. Traci Neilsen and two students to the North Atlantic Ocean. Neilsen, an associate professor of physics at BYU, and her team apply artificial intelligence to noises in the ocean to classify the seabed.
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Despite the inherent time constraints of engaging undergraduate and graduate students in research, Scott Bergeson enjoys teaching this “seek and find” principle to his students, a principle that has become his philosophy for life.
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Alumni Steve Summers answers interview questions for current students