The ACE 24" telescope should be arriving during the week of August 4th through 8th. It will be installed shortly thereafter and will be in operating when classes begin in the Fall.
The Stocker Astroscience center was filled to capacity during the "Key West" style star party. The skies were clear, the telescopes were out, and visitors saw the Moon and Saturn among other astronomical objects with their own eyes. They also consumed 10 Key Lime Pies, and numerous non-alcoholic margaritas. We celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11, and guests were treated to a live concert by Dr. Webb.
We received word today that the Stocker Astroscience center was officially designated LEED Silver.
While lab manager Tigran Abraham and lab instructor Mike Smith were on the observing deck with the astronomy club observing the lunar eclipse, over 100 students happened by and joined in the fun: at 3:00 am Monday morning! The students got a treat, not only witnessing the eclipse, but also seeing telescopic views of Saturn and Mars.
Stocker AstroScience Center
Department of Physics
Florida International University
Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th Street, CP 222
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348-3964
Fax: (305) 348-6700