Megan Bruck Syal ’07 quoted in The New York Times on defense of Earth from asteroids

“A successful deflection becomes more difficult to execute as warning time decreases,” said Megan Bruck Syal, a planetary defense researcher at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. “For the shortest warning times, robust disruption and dispersal of the fragments may be the only viable option to prevent the impact.”… Continue reading »

Effect of Total Solar Eclipse on Terrestrial Atmosphere

An article on the effect of a total solar eclipse on the terrestrial atmosphere, by visiting scholar Prof. Marcos Peñaloza-Murillo (from Venezuela) and Prof. Jay Pasachoff has been accepted by the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres.  Ross Yu ’19 is writing his senior thesis on similar effects from the 2017 total… Continue reading »

Welcome newest faculty members!

We are delighted to announce the appointment of two new faculty members: Dr. Anne Jaskot, ‘08, as Assistant Professor of Astronomy; and Dr. Kevin Flaherty as Lecturer and Observatory Supervisor. Dr. Flaherty will join us this coming summer, while Dr. Jaskot will complete her Hubble Fellowship at U Mass, before… Continue reading »

AAS Media Fellow

Kerry Hensley ’14, a 4th-year graduate student in astronomy at Boston University, has been selected by the American Astronomical Society as the first ever “AAS Media Fellow.” Her responsibilities include helping to run press conferences at AAS meetings and writing for AAS print and online publications. Congratulations, Kerry!… Continue reading »

The August 21 Eclipse as Seen at Williams College

Though far from the band of totality, our rooftop observatory was host to a crowd of excited eclipse watchers. More than 150 people turned out to view the sun as it was 65% covered by the moon on August 21. Steve Souza, Observatory Supervisor, set up several telescopes, including a… Continue reading »