View of the moon...from a phone

This picture of the first-quarter Moon was taken by freshman Michelle Ogman during a telescope viewing session for AST 105 Introduction to the Solar System (a DEC E general education course) in the spring of 2011.  Normally astronomical photographs are taken with professional equipment attached to the back-end of the telescope.  However, Michelle snapped the photo with her Motorola Droid phone straight through the telescope eyepiece!

The large density of craters on the Moon's surface reveals the rich history of cosmic collisions in the Solar System. Stanimir Metchev (Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy) and his research group study the signatures of such events around other stars in the neighborhood of the Sun.  While we cannot take detailed images of the surfaces of planets or moons around other stars (they are simply too far away), we can detect the copious amounts of dust that are produced during such collisions.  The location and the  chemical composition of the dust can reveal the presence of rocky planets around other stars, even planets that are at the right distance from their star to sustain liquid water on their surfaces and to be potentially habitable.

Learn more about Professor Metchev's work here.

First-quarter moon photo taken by a student during a telescope viewing session using her Motorola Droid phone. Learn more...

One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising
On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, the Center for Dance, Movement, and Somatic Learning joined the global One Billion Rising movement for women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to violence.
During the improvisational workshop, participants explored what it takes to rise up against something difficult and how we can learn to recover forgotten parts of our lives through acts of serious and restorative play.

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