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<p>The Ryerson Astronomical Society (RAS) is the University of Chicago's astronomy club. Our club's purpose is to have all humanity (or all University of Chicago students, for starters) observe the celestial luminaries in hushed awe with our antique 6.25" refractor, 10" reflector, and ~60" radio telescope. Our website has information about upcoming club events; details of RAS history; a collection of astrophotographs and RAS photos; the Rchive, a vast index of RAS documents; useful space and astronomy links; and contact information for our members.</p>
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<h2 class="pgh">RAS activities Winter Quarter 2015</h2>
<p class="pgh">Information about special RAS events will be posted here.  The RAS will also hold Monday meetings and public observation (Ryerson Wednesdays) each week (see below). 
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<p class="pgh"><strong>Monday meetings:</strong> 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). To sign to give a talk, email John Roberts (<a href="mailto:jaroberts@uchicago.edu">jaroberts@uchicago.edu</a>) or come to a Monday meeting and write your name and tentative subject on the talk schedule.</p>

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        <th class="el2">Speaker</th>
        <th class="el3">Topic</th>
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        <th class="el1">January 5</th>
        <th class="el2">First Meeting</th>
        <th class="el3">Overview of RAS activities</th>
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        <th class="el1">January 19</th>
        <th class="el2">MLK Day</th>
        <th class="el3">Casual observation at 8:00pm</th>
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        <th class="el1">January 26</th>
        <th class="el2">John Roberts</th>
        <th class="el3">Telescope Optics (including use of lenses and filters with our telescopes)</th>
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        <th class="el1">February 2</th>
        <th class="el2">Emily Cambias</th>
        <th class="el3">History & Development of Rockets</th>
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        <th class="el1">February 9</th>
        <th class="el2">Officers</th>
        <th class="el3">Recent interesting deep space missions</th>
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        <th class="el1">February 16</th>
        <th class="el2">Wesley Jones</th>
        <th class="el3">Earth Similarity Index for habitable exoplanets</th>
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        <th class="el1">February 23</th>
        <th class="el2">Cagan Sengul</th>
        <th class="el3">History of Astronomy</th>
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        <th class="el1">March 2</th>
        <th class="el2">Carina Baker</th>
        <th class="el3">Star charts and star hopping to find celestial objects (emphasis on use of printed star charts in the field)</th>
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        <th class="el1">March 9</th>
        <th class="el2">Carrie Volpert</th>
        <th class="el3">Faces of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department</th>
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        <td class="el3">Overview of RAS activities for the quarter and brief presentation on observational astronomy</td>
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        <td class="el1">October 13</td>
        <td class="el2">Champ Somboonpanyakul</td>
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        <td class="el1">October 27</td>
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        <td class="el3">Showing of Neil DeGrasse Tyson <i>Cosmos</i> episode, project day</td>
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        <td class="el2">Paul Williams</td>
        <td class="el3">The Dark Energy Survey: DECam, Blanco, and Cerro Tololo</td>
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        <td class="el1">November 10</td>
        <td class="el2">Carrie Volpert</td>
        <td class="el3">TBA</td>
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        <td class="el1">November 17</td>
        <td class="el2">TBA</td>
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        <td class="el1">November 24</td>
        <td class="el2">Mitch and John</td>
        <td class="el3">Notable celestial bodies in the winter sky</td>
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        <td class="el1">December 1</td>
        <td class="el2"><a href="http://astro.uchicago.edu/people/richard-g-kron.php">Prof. Richard Kron</a></td>
        <td class="el3">Prof. Kron studies distant galaxies and quasars using survey techniques.  He is involved in the Dark Energy Survey, the Giant Magellan Telescope, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.</td>
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        <td class="el1">March 31</td>
        <td class="el2">First Meeting</td>
        <td class="el3">We'll have an overview of the quarter along with some training of new members on the telescopes.</td>
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        <td class="el1">April 21</td>
        <td class="el2">Mario Alegre</td>
        <td class="el3">Orion Drive: <a
href="http://tinyurl.com/ktqm5bh">Presentation Slides Here</a></td>
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        <td class="el1">May 5</td>
        <td class="el2">Professor Daniel Fabrycky</td>
        <td class="el3"><a
href="http://astro.uchicago.edu/people/peter-o-vandervoort.php">Professor
Vandervoort</a> will be joining us to talk about Exoplanets.</td>
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        <td class="el1">May 12</td>
        <td class="el2">Bryan Graybill</td>
        <td class="el3">Space</td>
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        <td class="el1">May 19</td>
        <td class="el2">Amanda Pagul</td>
        <td class="el3">TBD</td>
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        <td class="el1">May 26</td>
        <td class="el2">Matt Schaffer</td>
        <td class="el3">Muslim Astronomy</td>
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        <td class="el1">February 24</td>
        <td class="el2">Berkan Uze</td>
        <td class="el3">General Relativity - Part II</td>
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        <td class="el1">March 3</td>
        <td class="el2">Alex Droster</td>
        <td class="el3">Neutron stars</td>
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        <td class="el1">March 10</td>
        <td class="el2">Noah Tuchow</td>
        <td class="el3">To Be Determined</td>
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<p class="pgh"><strong>Public Observation (Ryerson Wednesdays):</strong> Every clear Wednesday night from 7:30 to 9:30 PM we have public observing at our Ryerson rooftop observatory (all the way up the spiral staircase opposite Ryerson 358). In case of bad weather, before coming please email the RAS officer in charge of observation on that night (listed below, email addresses can be found on our  <a href="http://astro.uchicago.edu/ras/contactus.html">contacts page</a>), to check whether we have canceled observing.</p>

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        <th class="el2">RAS officer in charge</th>
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        <th class="el1">January 7</th>
        <th class="el2">Mitch Spradlin</th>
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        <th class="el1">January 14</th>
        <th class="el2">John Roberts</th>
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        <th class="el1">January 21</th>
        <th class="el2">Adam Sutherland</th>
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        <th class="el1">January 28</th>
        <th class="el2"><a href='mailto:taweewats@uchicago.edu'>Champ Somboonpanyakul</a></th>
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        <th class="el1">February 4</th>
        <th class="el2">Michael Cervia</th>
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        <th class="el1">February 11</th>
        <th class="el2">Alex Droster</th>
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        <th class="el1">February 18</th>
        <th class="el2">Carina Baker</th>
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        <th class="el1">February 25</th>
        <th class="el2">Mitch Spradlin</th>
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        <th class="el1">March 4</th>
        <th class="el2">Mitch Spradlin</th>
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        <th class="el1">March 21</th>
        <th class="el2">Carrie Volpert</th>
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<p class="pgh"><strong>Special events:</strong> We usually spend a night at <a href="http://astro.uchicago.edu/yerkes/">Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin</a> every quarter to observe on the 24" and 41" reflectors. In spring quarter we have a Friday evening trip open to the public. Over 30 people went on the 2014 trip! We also occasionally visit dark-sky sites such as <a href="http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3080.htm">
Willow Slough in Indiana.</a></p>

<p class="pgh"><strong>Projects: </strong>The RAS is actively working on several astronomy-related projects on campus.  If you are interested in becoming involved in a project, please contact the project lead (email addresses given below).</p>
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    <li><p class="pgh"><strong>Radio Telescope: </strong>We would like to turn our 60" dish on the roof of Ryerson into a functional radio telescope.  Project lead: Ningfeng Zhu (<a href="mailto:ningfengz@uchicago.edu">ningfengz@uchicago.edu</a>)</p></li>
    <li><p class="pgh"><strong>KPTC Telescope: </strong>We are working on restoring the spectroscopy telescope on the roof of the Kersten Physics Teaching Center to a usable state.  Project lead: Mitch Spradlin (<a href="mailto:mhs@uchicago.edu">mhs@uchicago.edu</a>)</p></li>
    <li><p class="pgh"><strong>Astrophotography: </strong>We are beginning to use the 10" reflector in our newly-repaired dome for CCD astrophotography.  Project lead: Alex Droster (<a href="mailto:adroster@uchicago.edu">adroster@uchicago.edu</a>)</p></li>
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<p class="pgh"><strong>Trouble finding Ryerson?</strong>
<a href="http://maps.uchicago.edu/mainquad/ryerson.html">
Here's a map of campus showing the location of Ryerson.</a></p>

<p class="pgh"><strong>Trouble getting into Ryerson?</strong> Try entering through Eckhart and crossing over on the second or third floor. If Eckhart's locked, call our office and observatory at (773) 702-7625 (that's 2-7625 from any campus phone).</p>

<p class="pgh"><strong>Looking for internship information?</strong> We have a
brief summary of astronomy and astrophysics related internships in a Google
Spreadsheet viewable at <a
<a 
href="https://docs.google.com/a/uchicago.edu/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AlBXz6JqmvvUdFFFT0x3azZZWGhleFNXSklDaElScXc&output=html">this 
address</a>. We will try to keep it updated, and feel free to email the 
webmaster <a href="mailto:jaroberts@uchicago.edu">John Roberts</a> with 
suggestions 
for additions or for the removal of no longer relavent information. 
Also, take a look at the list of NSF REU programs in <a 
href="http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.jsp?unitid=5045">astronomy</a> 
and 
<a 
href="http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.jsp?unitid=69">physics 
(including astrophysics)</a>.</p>
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