New Vistas in Astronomy Lecture Series
If you have ever looked up at the stars and marveled at the vastness and beauty of the Universe, then "New Vistas in Astronomy" is for you.
Since 1997, this mini-course in Astronomy given central Ohioan an opportunity to hear about a range of topics from the history of astronomy to the latest discoveries by astronomers, and to observe a variety of celestial objects with the 32-inch Schottland reflecting telescope. The lectures are presented by professors and researchers at the Ohio State University Department of Astronomy.
All lectures are on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. at the Perkins Observatory near Delaware Ohio. Admission is by subscription only.
Program Schedule for 2013
January 17: Pale Blue Dots
Prof. Scott Gaudi, OSU Astronomy Department
February 21: Stellar Rotation, the Formation of Stars, and the Age of the Galaxy
Prof. Marc Pinsonneault, OSU Astronomy Department
March 21: What's in the Universe, and What Does that Mean for the Future?
Dr. Gregory Mack,
April 11: De-Twinkling the Stars with Adaptive Optics
Prof. Rick Pogge, OSU Astronomy Department
May 16: Something from nothing: using cosmic voids to understand the universe
Dr. Paul Sutter, OSU Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
June 13: Galactic Paleontology: Structure and History of the Milky Way
Dr. Ralf Schoenrich, OSU Astronomy Department
July 11: Bringing the Stars to Earth: Creating Stellar Plasmas with High-Powered Lasers
Dr. Chrisopher Orban, OSU Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
August 8: Tough Little German Sister: The Life of Caroline Herschel
Prof. Barbara Ryden, OSU Astronomy Department
September 12: The Atacama Large Millimeter Array
Prof. Paul Martini, OSU Astronomy Department
October 10: Cosmic Clocks and Time-Domain Astronomy
Prof. Donald Terndrup, OSU Astronomy Department
November 14: The All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae
Prof. Kris Stanek, OSU Astronomy Department
December 12: Is the Solar System Stable?
Prof. Christopher Kochanek, OSU Dept. of Astronomy
- Programs and presenters may change without notice due to unanticipated unavailability of the previously scheduled presenter.
Admission to "New Vistas in Astronomy" is by subscription only. All proceeds benefit the operation of the non-profit Perkins Observatory. For more information, please contact
- Perkins Observatory
P.O. Box 449
Delaware, OH 43015
Tel: 740 363 1257
Programs include views of various celestial objects through the main observatory telescope, weather permitting.
These programs are designed primarily for an adult audience; however children 8 years of age or older will be admitted provided that each child is accompanied by an adult.
Programs will be held rain or shine, so refunds on tickets are not possible, and single-night tickets are only for the date specified.
Directions to Perkins
The Perkins Observatory is located on U.S. Route 23, four miles south of Delaware and 12 miles north of the I-270 Columbus beltway. The Perkins driveway is on the left if you are driving south on Rt. 23, and on the right if you are driving north.