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  • PSI DRA (Psi = Psi-1 = 31 Draconis)

    In the nineteenth century, Smyth and Chambers wrote of fourth magnitude (4.23) Psi Dra in Draco: "A neat double star on the Dragon's back...easily identified, being on the same parallel as Gamma Ursae Minoris...A 5 1/2, and B 6, both pearly white." ... Full Details


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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Astronomy Department is a research-oriented unit with broad interests, from the cosmic microwave background to the origin of the Moon. We are always seeking to identify prospective faculty members at all ranks. If you are interested in Illinois Astronomy, see our Job Openings page.


  • 'From the Sun to the Stars' by Jim Kaler

    In his latest book, which grew out of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lectures given at the University of Illinois, Prof. Emeritus James Kaler begins at the Sun then travels through the solar system to see the stars, how they work, and ultimately what they mean to us. To be released Oct. 22nd ... Full Details

  • Segura-Cox Interview with NRAO

    Graduate student Dominique Segura-Cox was recently interviewed by the NRAO. Listen to it here. ... Full Details

  • New and Newly Promoted Faculty

    We begin the new academic year with several new and newly promoted members of our faculty: Jessica Evans, Matthew Turk, Paul Ricker, and Edward Seidel. ... Full Details

  • Mani Chandra Named Second Chu Award Winner

    Graduate student Mani Chandra has been named the second recipient of the Mr. and Mrs. Hsiang-Pai and Wen-Hua Chu Department of Astronomy Excellence in Research Graduate Student Award. Congratulations! This award is now fully endowed and it will be awarded annually. ...

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