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New Vistas in Astronomy


A Mini-Course on the Universe

1999 Series

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 Galaxies, 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.

Subscription Information

Admission to "New Vistas in Astronomy" is by subscription only. Prices are:
Series Pass: $45/person
Single-Night Ticket: $5/person
All proceeds benefit the operation of the non-profit Perkins Observatory.

Please send your requests to:

Secretary, Perkins Observatory
P.O. Box 449
Delaware, OH 43015
Tel: 614 363 1257
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.

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.

Please Note:

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.


[Map to Perkins 1] Regional Map [Map to Perkins 2] 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 World War.

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 Perkins Observatory homepage.

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