VU Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Friday, September 10. Refreshments in Room 231 at 3:05 PM, followed by the colloquiuim in 224 at 3:20 PM.

The Northwest Indiana Robotic Telescope

Dr. Shawn Slavin, Purdue University Calumet
Purdue University Calumet (PUC) has just announced the start of operations for the
Northwest Indiana Robotic (NIRo) Telescope. The NIRo project is an NSF-funded
effort to construct, commission and implement a fully robotic, 20-inch, Ritchey-
Chretien telescope in the laboratories of introductory astronomy courses at PUC, as
well as in middle-school classrooms throughout the Northwest Indiana region. The
telescope will feature prominently in junior/senior research projects for physics
majors and astrophysics minors at PUC, and will hopefully find use in collaborative
projects between PUC faculty and students and those at other Indiana universities.
In Friday's colloquium talk, I will present a status report on the NIRo project,
highlight some of the current challenges, and show some sample images taken so far.