Professor of Astronomy, University of Illinois

Biographical sketch

Winter Sky

Thank you for visiting. My work is centered on a love of the day and night skies. The lead picture will change seasonally. I have long researched the field of planetary nebulae, shells of compressed ionized gas that surround dying stars, and related areas, and am now principally interested in writing and in public education. The links immediately below take you to listings of books and articles written in a variety of areas and to a selection of research papers. Following these are links to several educational Web offerings.

Writing and Research

  • Books include textbooks, works on stars and interstellar space, and on the sky.

  • Popular Articles provides citations to a selection of recent short works written primarily for beginnners.

  • Research cites selected research in the subject of planetary nebulae.

  • Web Offerings

  • See what's in the sky with Skylights, updated every Friday.

  • Look for your favorite star on STARS: Portraits of Stars and their Constellations.

  • Learn about stars in The Natures of the Stars.

  • Find out how stars yield their secrets in Spectra.

  • Visit the pages for Astronomy! A Brief Edition.

  • Class Pages

  • Astronomy 121

  • Astronomy 122

  • Jim Kaler
    103 Astronomy Bldg.
    1002 West Green St.
    Urbana, IL 61801
    Telephone: (217) 333-9382
    Fax: (217) 244-7638
    For further information or comments please contact kaler@astro.uiuc.edu

    Page last modified 8 January, 1999.