Ryerson Astronomical Society

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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.


RAS activities Winter Quarter 2013


Monday meetings: We meet to hear astronomy lectures 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). Here's the schedule:

Date Speaker Topic
September 30 RAS Officers Our first meeting, where we plan out goals for the upcoming quarter.
October 4 RAS Members RSO Fair! Come out and talk with some of our very own RAS members to learn about us and get more information about the organization! Starts at 4:00pm on the main quad!
October 7 Champ Somboonpanyakul Found us at the RSO fair? Heard about us around campus? Stumble across us on the web? Come to our first general meeting to see what we're all about, and hear a short talk on the topic of the Celestial Sphere!
October 10 Richard Thieme Government and UFOs, from 7pm to 8pm in Kent 120. Richard Thieme, a University of Chicago alumnus (MA '67), is a noted speaker and author who has spoken extensively on the historical role of government in the UFO phenomenon. He has written on a variety of topics, including having co-authored the book UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry.
October 14 Mitch Spradlin Rocket Physics
October 21 Matt Schaffer Soviet Space Program
October 28 Jeff Sayler Telescope Building
November 4 Daniel Holz Sexy Cosmology, at 6:00 pm in KPTC 206. Join us at the Society of Physics Students event, after which at 9:00 pm we will watch part of Carl Sagan's the Cosmos in Ryerson 358!
November 11 Adam Sutherland Digital Astrophotography, CCDs, and Light Pollution
November 18 John Roberts Stellar Pulsation
November 25 Astronomy Videos We'll be watching a series of short but interesting astronomy videos, possibly including a rocket explosion montage.
No more meetings this quarter, see you in the Winter!

Ryerson Wednesdays: 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).

Special events: We usually spend a night at Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin every quarter to observe on the 24" and 41" reflectors. In spring quarter we have a Friday evening trip open to the public. Over 40 people went on the 2010 trip! We also occasionally visit dark-sky sites such as Willow Slough in Indiana.

Trouble finding Ryerson? Here's a map of campus showing the location of Ryerson.

Trouble getting into Ryerson? 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).


Thanks to the University of Chicago Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics for webspace and technical support.