College Observatory News
YCO featured in Chronicle
"York Observatory Comes Into Focus" article in the Queens Chronicle on
our recent progress.
YCO architects chosen
CUNY approved the architect firm Voorsanger Architects to design and
build the YCO. Voorsanger designed the Rose Center and Hayden
Planetarium at the Americna Museum of Natural History and promises to bring
forth an innovative and technically advanced design that should
enhance the College's presence.
YCO featured in TONYK
The Observatory was featured with a full-page glossy in the Nov/Dec
issue dedicated to things for kids to do at night in NYC. The image
shows one of our telescopes and the view from our Astronomy terrace
where we hold the Public Open Night program.
The afternoon and evening of Oct 27 was spent celebrating the life and
science of Albert Einstein on the centennial of his greatest works
such as special relativity. There were public talks, displays and
physics demonstrations and everyone learned something new.
Yet another lunar eclipse!
Well over 200 people were on campus to witness the spectacular total
lunar eclipse on a perfect fall night, Oct 27. Viewers kept warm
through the evening with coffee, treats, music and companionship. We
were also featured on NY1 news from a live feed and a followup segment!
YC Radio Telescope has first light.
The new York College Radio Telescope has begun operations. Summer
students Wainwright Joseph (LSAMP) and Ian O'Leary (SHARP), shown at
right with Observatory Director Tim Paglione, built and tested the
instrument. Look for it on the Academic Core roof as you enter the
plaza from Guy Brewer Blvd.
An estimated 70 people came to campus to witness the beautiful total
lunar eclipse on a chilly Saturday night, Nov 8. Viewers kept warm
through the evening with coffee, cocoa, treats and enthusiasm. We
were featured on NY1 news as well!
YCOOP #4 begins.
Wrapping up the York College Observatory & Outreach Program's teacher
workshops, a group of science teachers learns about the Universe.
Pictured are scenes from our workshop on Hubble's law, which proves
that the Universe is expanding. (Click for all the pictures.)
Over 45 people came to the first PON of the fall, clamoring to see
Mars near its closest approach in millennia. It was a gorgeous warm
evening, perfect for the new PON season.
Over 50 people came to the cloudy lunar eclipse on May 15! Despite
the weather we had one brief glimpse of the shadowed Moon. There was
a lot of lively discussion over posters, models and cookies. Thank you all
for coming and showing such patience under the clouds. We're looking
forward to the next eclipse in November.
2002 PON drew over 120.
The Public Open Night program drew over 120 Queens residents to the
York College campus in its first year. Thank you all for coming! The
new year will bring some exciting events, and
we hope to see you again. Happy holidays.
YCO featured in Newsday.
Newsday ran an article featuring our Public Open Night program. Read
the article on-line
There were some nice pictures from a beautiful night a couple weeks
ago when we had over 20 people attending.
Big turnout for special lecture on killer
Over 34 people came to this week's PON to listen to Dr. Paglione
discuss the possible end of civilization on Earth due to an impact by
an asteroid or comet. It was by far our biggest crowd for PON to date
and everyone had a great time. Thanks for coming!
Posters of summer student work presented
Two posters of YCO summer interns' work were presented at the York
College Intern Recruitment Fair on Oct 1. Maithu Raja (pictured at
right with Tim Paglione) of Queens College, CUNY reported on
"Classifying Variable Stars from their Periodograms" and Wainwright
Joseph of York presented "CN/HCN: A Global Indicator of Star
YCO featured in local paper
Stories about the YCO and its programs were highlighted in two local
papers, the Southeast Queens
Press (9/11) and the Queens
Chronicle (9/26). News of our public offerings are spreading
Observatory Site Decided
The site for the YCO has been unofficially decided. We plan to build
in the patch of grass south of the
between 159th and 160th St. and Liberty
and Archer Aves. A building design has been submitted to campus
planning and B&G.
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