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 Spring Quarter 2014

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
March 31 First Meeting We'll have an overview of the quarter along with some training of new members on the telescopes.
April 21 Mario Alegre Orion Drive: Presentation Slides Here
May 5 Professor Daniel Fabrycky Professor Vandervoort will be joining us to talk about Exoplanets.
May 12 Bryan Graybill Space
May 19 Amanda Pagul TBD
May 26 Matt Schaffer Muslim Astronomy

If you'd like to sign up to give a talk, please fill out this form.

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). If during Winter quarter, please email an RAS Officer before coming, as due to the weather we may not have already scheduled someone to be there.

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).

Looking for internship information? We have a brief summary of astronomy and astrophysics related internships in a Google Spreadsheet viewable at this address. We will try to keep it updated, and feel free to email the webmaster Mitch Spradlin with suggestions for additions or for the removal of no longer relavent information.

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