25 March 2007

The university community is invited to join the Ryerson Astronomical Society for
our annual trip to the U of C's Yerkes Observatory in Wisconsin.     

The observatory was built shortly before 1900 to be the University's main
astronomical observatory, and was the site of much important work in astronomy
and astrophysics over
the last century.  In fact, it houses what is still the largest refracting
(lens-type) telescope in the world!  The observatory building was
architected by Henry Ives Cobb, who also did most of the original buildings
on the main quads.

We will travel to Yerkes by schoolbus.  We will leave at 5:30pm on
Saturday, April 21st from in front of the
Regenstein library, and the bus will return around 1:00am.  The trip
will include a tour (probably by the director of the observatory, if he is
available) and two hours of observing with the observatory's telescopes if
the sky is clear.  If it is not clear, we will extend the tour slightly and
return to campus earlier than planned.  The cost to you is $5 to help
cover the cost of the bus (also subsidised by SGFC).  This trip is open to
the entire University Community.

If you are interested in going on this trip, I will need to know and also
get $5 from you before Sunday, April 15th.  Future emails with more information
will be sent out only to those who have RSVPed, so you should do so (via
email, to me:  morangm@uchicago.edu) as soon as you know that you can make
the trip.  When you RSVP, I will let you know a number of ways to get the
money to me.

Space on this trip is limited to 44 people (with the possibility of adding a
few more if we find some cars to go with the bus), and you will not have a
guaranteed spot on the trip until I have received your money.  So RSVP soon
and pay soon if you want to go.

Additionally, if you want to go and have a car that you would be willing to
drive to the observatory, please let me know.

There will also be a smaller group of us (limited to only 12 people or so) that
will stay overnight at the observatory for more
extended observing, if we can find enough cars.  Priority will go to members of
the RAS, members of other science RSOs, and people with cars.  Contact
me if you are interested, and I will tell you more about it.

http://astro.uchicago.edu/yerkes/

and more info on the RAS can be found here:

http://astro.uchicago.edu/RAS/

A copy of this message can be found at:

http://astro.uchicago.edu/RAS/yerkes_announce.html

Let me know if you have any questions, and don't forget to RSVP by
April 15th.

Melinda Morang
President, Ryerson Astronomical Society
morangm@uchicago.edu