UM Physics Department offers astronomy open house

Posted on Sep 17 2018 - 5:50am by Devna Bose

David Sanders, a computational physicist and research scientist in the University of Mississippi Physics Department, looks through a telescope in Kennon Observatory on Sunday night. UM students and Oxford families were offered a cloudless nighttime view of the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars on Sunday during the first astronomy open house of the semester. The event is free and occurs several times throughout the year. The observatory houses several telescopes in two copper-roofed domes. A telescope that was purchased from the Grubb Telescope Company in 1893 sits in the larger dome. In the smaller dome, the university maintains an electronic CCD camera attached to a 17-inch Plane Wave, Corrected Dall-Kirkham telescope.

Photo by: Devna Bose