Astronomy-Physics News

Mar 07, 2022
The University of Illinois Springfield Astronomy-Physics Program will host three virtual star parties via Zoom. The virtual star parties will be held at 8 p.m…
Jan 22, 2022
Prof John Martin Named University Scholar (October 2011) Assistant Professor of Astronomy-Physics John Martin has been named the 2011 University Scholar…
Jan 22, 2022
Prof John Martin Earns Grant From National Science Foundation (July 2011) On July 1 the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that a collaboration…
Jan 22, 2022
Prof John Martin’s Article in June 2011 issue of Gemini Focus magazine (June 2011) The June 2011 issue of Gemini Focus magazine contains an article…
Jan 21, 2022
Nearby Galaxy M33 This is a composite image of the galaxy M33 in the constellation Triangulum.  It is a collection of 40 billion stars about 3 million…
Jan 21, 2022
Perseid Meteor Star Party August 11/12 The University of Illinois Springfield Astronomy-Physics Program is co-hosting a viewing of the Perseid Meteor…
Jan 21, 2022
Supernova 2013df in NGC 4414 The spiral galaxy to the left of center in this picture is NGC 4414.  It is about 62 million lightyears away from Earth in the…
Jan 21, 2022
The Wild Duck Cluster (M11) This open star cluster in the Milky Way is well known to amateur astronomers as a particularly rich and colorful cluster.…
Jan 21, 2022
The Eagle Nebula (M16) The cloudy weather lately has been bad news for Friday Night Star Parties but it has given us some time to reduce a back-log of…
Jan 21, 2022
Supernova Impostors The UIS Barber Observatory has taken advantage of the clear weather patterns and our new wide-field U42 camera to follow the brightness…
Jan 21, 2022
Pictures of the Moon On May 30 we took a series of pictures of the Moon with our wide-field CCD camera on our 20-inch telescope. Below is the image we…
Jan 21, 2022
Transit of Venus Star Party on June 5, 2012 We will be hosting a special day-time star party at Southwind Park from 5pm to sunset in Springfield, IL to…
Jan 21, 2022
First Light on New CCD Camera (March 2012) The image of the galaxy M81 above is the “first-light” image taken by the new U42 CCD camera at the UIS…
Sep 13, 2021
The following is an excerpt from a column by University of Illinois Springfield Associate Professor of Astronomy-Physics John Martin. This column appeared in…
Sep 07, 2021
The University of Illinois Springfield’s popular Friday Night Star Parties will be held in a virtual format this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.…
Mar 04, 2021
The University of Illinois Springfield’s popular star parties are returning as virtual events this spring and summer. The Astronomy-Physics Program is…
Dec 14, 2020
The University of Illinois Springfield Observatory is holding a virtual Star Party for the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn from 5-6:30 p.m.…
Jun 19, 2020
The University of Illinois Springfield's long-standing Star Parties have gone online, for now, to accommodate safe social distancing of participants. UIS…