What we do
The RAS holds a Monday evening talk series during the UChicago academic year, as well as public observation on Wednesday nights. No experience or prior interest is necessary for either event, and we encourage everyone to come and participate. Beyond our weekly events, the RAS conducts many other activities in the astronomy and astrophysics realm, which are open to our members. Periodically, we run trips out to dark sky sites in the vicinity of Chicago for better observing. We also run longer (weekend) trpis to Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin, where participate in workshops and observe the skies through world-class optics.
If you'd like to learn more about the RAS, you can:
Wednesday observation schedule
Every clear Wednesday night we have public observing at our Ryerson rooftop observatory (all the way up the spiral staircase opposite Ryerson 358). Please check our twitter feed for times, cancellation info, and other announcements. Observation runs from 8:30 till 10:30 unless you hear otherwise, come and go as you please.
|January 18||Many (Dome Training)|
|January 25||AJ Corso|
|February 1||Emily Cambias|
|February 8||Will Misener|
|February 15||Carrie Volpert|
|February 22||Carina Baker|
|March 1||Mark Cohen|
|March 8||Jack Toole|
Be sure to check our twitter for announcements and cancellations - here's the forecast we usually look at:
Monday talk schedule
We meet to hear presentations on astronomy-related topics from students and faculty every Monday night at 8 PM in Ryerson 358 (the classroom immediately at the top of the main staircase in Ryerson). If you are interested in giving a talk, contact an officer either electronically or during a RAS event.
|January 23||AJ Corso||AJ Corso||The Early Universe|
|January 30||Emily Cambias||Emily Cambias||Famous Astronomers You Should Know|
|February 6||Will Misener||Jack Toole||Astrophotography|
|February 13||Carrie Volpert||Dr. Vikram Dwarkadas||Computational Astrophysics|
|February 20||Carina Baker||Carina Baker||Deep Sky Objects|
|February 27||Mark Cohen||Alex Cohen||The Private Space Industry|
|March 6||Jack Toole||Will Misener||Pluto and New HOrizons|