The College of Mathematical & Physical Sciences
The Ohio State University
New Vistas in Astronomy
A Mini-Course on the Universe
If you have ever looked up at the stars and marveled at the vastness and
beauty of the Universe, then "New Vistas in Astronomy" is for you.
This mini-course in astronomy will give you an opportunity to hear about
the latest discoveries by astronomers, and to observe a variety of
celestial objects with the 32-inch Schottland reflecting telescope.
The presenters are all professors in the Ohio State University Department
of Astronomy, and are experts in the field in which they will be speaking.
All lectures are on Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. at the Perkins Observatory
near Delaware Ohio. Admission is by subscription only.
Program Schedule for 1999
- February 25: The History of the Earth's Climate,
Prof. Donald Terndrup
- March 18: The Death and Re-birth of Stars,
Prof. Anil Pradhan
- April 22: Planets Around of Other Stars,
Prof. Marc Pinsonneault
- May 20: The Space Interferometry Mission: A new level of
precision measurements of stellar motions,
Prof. Andrew Gould
- June 17: The Colors of Star,
Prof. Robert Wing
- July 15: SS 433,
Prof. Jerry Newsom
- August 5: Gravity Bends Light, from Einstein to Dark Matter,
Dr. David Graff
- September 23: Distant Galaxies and Quasars,
Prof. Patrick Osmer
- October 14: Into the Heart of Darkness: Black Holes in the Centers of
Prof. Rick Pogge
- November 18: Why Galaxies Exist,
Prof. Barbara Ryden
- December 9: Mapping the Universe: The Sloan Digital Sky Survey,
Prof. David Weinberg
Programs and presenters may change without notice due to sudden
unavailability of the presenter.
Admission to "New Vistas in Astronomy" is by subscription only. Prices
All proceeds benefit the operation of the non-profit Perkins Observatory.
- Series Pass: $45/person
- Single-Night Ticket: $5/person
Please send your requests to:
Secretary, Perkins Observatory
Single-night tickets may also be purchased at the door for $1 more
than the advance subscription price listed above. Please call first
if you wish to purchase tickets on the night of a lecture, as some
programs are sold out.
P.O. Box 449
Delaware, OH 43015
Tel: 614 363 1257
Programs include views of various celestial objects through the
main observatory telescope, weather permitting.
These programs are designed promarily for an adult audience; however
children 8 years of age or older will be admitted provided that each child
is accompanied by an adult.
Programs will be held rain or shine, so refunds on tickets are not possible,
and single-night tickets are only for the date specified.
Directions to Perkins
The Perkins Observatory is located on U.S. Route 23, four miles south
of Delaware and 12 miles north of the I-270 Columbus beltway. The
Perkins driveway is on the left if you are driving south on Rt. 23, and
on the right if you are driving north.
Close up Map
About the Perkins Observatory
The Perkins Observatory was founded in 1923 through the generosity of Hiram
Perkins, an Ohio Wesleyan University professor who made his fortune
providing hogs to feed the Union Army during the Civil War. The
observatory that bears his name began research operations in 1931 with a
69-inch reflecting telescope, then the third largest in the world (after
the 100-inch telescope of the Mount
Wilson in California and the 72-inch telescope of the Dominion Astrophysical
Observatory in Victoria, B.C.). The observatory attracted a number of
world-class astronomers, and made major contributions to astronomical
research (particularly in the study of the spectra of stars) through the
1930's and 40's. Its research role was eventually diminished by the rise
of the major large-telescope observatories in the years following Second
In 1961, the 69-inch Perkins Telescope was moved to the Anderson Mesa site
of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff,
Arizona to take advantage of the darker skies and better weather conditions
of northern Arizona. Since then, the Perkins Observatory has played an
ever-increasing role in public education about astronomy. The 69-inch
telescope has been replaced by the 32-inch Schottland Reflector (generous
gift of the late Michael Schottland of Martinsville, Virginia), one of the
largest such telescopes regularly available for public viewing.
The Perkins Observatory is jointly operated by the
Ohio Wesleyan and
Ohio State Universities. In
addition to the OSU Lecture Series, the Observatory offers a variety
of public and educational programs year-round.
For more information about these programs, please visit the
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Updated: 1998 December 29