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Spotlight on Astronomy

Recent Department news and announcements

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Cassini Spacecraft

September 15, 2017
"Cassini — the robotic spacecraft orbiting Saturn — will meet its end Friday when it enters the atmosphere of Saturn after a 13-year odyssey exploring the gas giant’s spectacular rings, atmosphere and moons."
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Farewell Cassini

September 8, 2017
Next week, the Cassini spacecraft’s historic exploration will end with a dramatic crash into Saturn’s atmosphere.
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Eclipse Enjoyed at Fuertes Observatory

August 25, 2017
The Cornell Astronomy Department hosted a guided eclipse-viewing event on the observatory’s grounds. Hundreds of students and townies alike lined up to receive a limited supply of eclipse glasses.  
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Eclipse Precautions

August 17, 2017
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE: Monday, August 21, 2017.  This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental U.S. in 38 years.
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Lunine to give AGU lecture

July 16, 2017
Jonathan Lunine, the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences and director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, has been selected as the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) 2017 Carl Sagan Lecturer.
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Cornell dedicates telescope

July 7, 2017
Cornell astronomers gathered atop Mount Pleasant at sunset June 25 to honor one of their own. The 25-inch reflecting telescope at the university’s Hartung-Boothroyd Observatory was named in memory of the late James R. Houck.
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Hayes, Kinzler recognized by World Economic Forum

June 20, 2017
Alexander Hayes ’03, M.Eng ‘03, assistant professor of astronomy, and Katherine Kinzler, associate professor of psychology and human development, are among 52 scientists under the age of 40 named Young Scientists 2017 by the World Economic Forum, which calls those selected “the most forward-thinking and advanced young scientific minds in the world.”
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Enceladus tipped over?

May 31, 2017
"We found a chain of low areas, or basins, that trace a belt across the moon's surface that we believe are the fossil remnants of an earlier, previous equator and poles," said Radwan Tajeddine, a Cassini imaging team associate at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and lead author of the paper.
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The priest who fathered the Big Bang - Rescheduled

April 25, 2017
Rescheduled from March 10th.
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Discovery in Enceladus' Ocean

April 17, 2017
Galactic hitchhikers take note: The restaurant at the end of the universe may be closer than we think.