Hilltopper Astronomy Club to host viewing of comet March 13
|Date: Thursday, March 7th, 2013||Return|
In the past weeks, Comet Pan-STARRS has been visible from the southern hemisphere. After passing closest to the Sun on Sunday (March 10), Comet Pan-STARRS is on track for a potentially spectacular night sky display in the March twilight sky.
On Wednesday (March 13), the Hilltopper Astronomy Club will host a star party for anyone interested in an opportunity to observe Comet Pan-STARRS. Join this local organization of amateur astronomers and faculty from WKU’s Department of Physics & Astronomy in the lobby of Thompson Complex Center Wing, at the corner of State Street and College Heights Boulevard in Bowling Green. The viewing opportunity starts at 7 p.m., shortly after sunset, and is free to the public.
On March 13 Comet Pan-STARRS will not be far from the crescent Moon, providing a photogenic pairing of celestial objects in the darkening sky. Although it is never a sure thing to try to predict how a first-visit comet will behave, Comet Pan-STARRS could be as bright as the brighter stars in the sky. The comet should be easily visible with binoculars, and possibly to the naked eye, in the western sky within 45 minutes of sunset.
Comet Pan-STARRS, known officially as comet C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS), was discovered in June 2011 by astronomers using the Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System, or Pan-STARRS telescope, in Hawaii. It is considered a non-periodic comet, one that may have never passed near the Sun before and may not do so again for more than 100,000 years. Comet Pan-STARRS is distinct from Comet ISON, coming this November, a comet that is tentatively predicted to be much brighter.
Throughout March 2013 the comet could be visible in the evening sky low in the west after sunset. Information about viewing the comet in March and even April is available on many websites dedicated to stargazing, including Sky & Telescope: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/home/185665152.html.
The Hilltopper Astronomy Club and the WKU Department of Physics & Astronomy host free public telescope viewings at 7 p.m. (or a half hour past sunset, whichever is later) on the second Wednesday of every month from August through May.
Contact: Dr. Richard Gelderman at (270) 745-6203.
The recipients of the American Bank and Trust Scholarship Fund were announced this week at a celebration at The Bistro. Each of the five recipients was awarded a $1,000 scholarship toward his or her college education at Western Kentucky University.
Dr. Jason Crandall, associate professor of Exercise Science in WKU’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport, didn’t know what to expect when the idea for Bingocize® came to life 2011. But six years later, the program is starting to show its strength.
Dr. David Keeling, University Distinguished Professor of Geography at WKU, recently returned from Europe, completing a three-month research and expedition lecturing adventure that took him to five continents.
WKU Learn and Earn is expanding opportunities for WKU students and local businesses with the addition of several new business partners and the creation of an advisory board.
Dr. Lisa C. Duffin, associate professor of psychology, has earned national recognition for her research on STEM education as part of WKU’s SKyTeach Program.
WKU PBS wins four Ohio Valley Emmy Awards for "Lost River Sessions." Cheryl Beckley also was recognized with the Silver Circle Award.
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,