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January

FIU astronomers Caroline Simpson and James Webb, along with graduate students Trisha Ashley and Sarah Dhalla attended and presented papers at the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society which was held at the National Harbor in Washington DC. Trisha Ashley, working with Dr. Simpson, presented her PhD dissertation work in a 15 minute oral paper and Sarah Dhalla presented a poster paper on her research with Dr. Webb. Dr. Webb also presented a Stocker Astroscience Center poster.

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February

Zegna Creates a Menswear Big Bang! When Italian fashion powerhouse Ermenegildo Zegna debuted its Fall/Winter 2014 Men's Collection live from Milan on January 11, much of the extensive worldwide publicity centered on the fashion show’s astronomical theme, created by internationally renowned astrophysicist and author, Dr. Fiorella Terenzi, a former model who now teaches at Florida International University in Miami.

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April

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.

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Physics majors Michael Waddell and Orlando Gomez tied for the best color picture from images taken by the SARA telescope from Kitt Peak.

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The end-of-semester star party Friday, April 11, attracted about 70 students, faculty, and members of the public.

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July

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.

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We received word today that the Stocker Astroscience center was officially designated LEED Silver.

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October

The Main 24" telescope for the Stocker Astroscience Center arrives at 9:00 am Saturday morning. A crane arrived an hour later to lift the telescope to its perch in the dome 4.5 stories atop the astroscience center.

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The ACE 24" telescope is coming to the Stocker Astroscience center on Saturday October 25, 2014. This long awaited instrument will complete phase one of the Stocker Astroscience center. The telescope will be lifted from a flatbed truck on Saturday morning and hoisted up 4 stories and set down inside the observing room through the slit. Should be a great show!

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24" Telescope is on its way!

After several delays involving the Primary mirror, we are counting down to a delivery date in mid to late October. According to Peter Mack of Astronomical Consultants and Equipment, the telescope is finished and they are awaiting arrival of the 24" coated mirror in Tucson. Once the mirror is in their hands, a week of testing, then it will be shiped to FIU for installation into the dome.