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Physics & Astronomy Departmental News

Eight Students are Included in the Class of 2016

We’ve had a successful group of graduating seniors in Physics, Astronomy and Physics-Engineering majors. Two students will be going on to graduate school at Ball State University and the University of Chicago and four others will go to work for Boeing, Millennium Space Systems,  General Motors and Delphi. Congratulations to all of them!

Five Students Presented Their Research at the American Astronomical Society Winter Meeting

Five Butler students presented three papers highlighting the results of observations taken using the SARA telescopes. The titles of the papers were:

  • Fourier Decomposition and Properties of the Variable Stars in the Globular Cluster NGC6584
  • The First Multi-color Photometric Study of the Short-period Contact Binary DE Lyn
  • Fourier Decomposition and Properties of the Variable Stars in the Globular Cluster NGC4833

The winter AAS meeting is the largest annual gathering of astronomers and last year was held in Kissimmee, Florida last January.

Two More Telescopes Came Online for Student Use this Past Fall

Butler physics and astronomy students added to their growing list of telescopes to use at the end of 2015. First, in mid-October the Jacobus Kapteyn (1 meter) Telescope located in the Canary Islands had its refurbishment complete. As part of the SARA telescope consortium Butler faculty and students will have several nights per year of access to this telescope. Second, late last fall the 1-meter telescope at Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium saw the final touches of its $400,000 refurbishment completed. This brings the total number of research telescopes accessible by the department to four. The other telescopes already in use by the department located are at Kitt Peak, Arizona and Cerro Tololo, Chile.