Colloquium: Dr. Tim YoungDepartment of Physics and Astrophysics University of North Dakota Grand Forks, North Dakota
NOTE: Special location and time: Gorecki Alumni Center, November 1 @ 3:30 PM
The Martens Observatory: The Naming of New Telescope Facility
The Martens Observatory houses the Largest Telescope in North Dakota, and largest in geographical East-West range from Univ. of Minnesota (Mississippi River) to Univ. of Washington (Pacific Ocean). The Martens Kraus telescope, a 0.51 meter (20”) diameter telescope made by PlaneWave sits on a Mathis Instruments fork mount and housed in a Technical Innovations 15 ft. diameter Pro-Dome observatory. The Forest River site offers very dark skies, very little light pollution, and little anticipated urban sprawl. The telescope will be designed to do observations over the internet and be as autonomous as possible in the near future. The astronomical research projects will include transiting extra solar planets, supernova searches, variable star light curves, comet spectra, and asteroid astrometry. This colloquium will be a naming ceremony and slide show at the Gorecki Alumni Center.