This special showing at IU Cinema will feature several short stereoscopic 3D films highlighting the WIYN Observatory on Kitt Peak in Arizona, where IU Astronomy faculty and students conduct research to learn about the universe. The 3.5-meter WIYN telescope, built in 1995, is operated jointly by Indiana University, the University of Wisconsin, and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.
- Thursday, May 8
- Free, but ticketed
The first film tells the story of the advanced technology incorporated into the Observatory, which routinely produces the sharpest images of any ground-based, 4-meter class telescope in the world. The second film shares the experience of IU undergraduate and graduate students using the WIYN 0.9-meter telescope to conduct research with IU faculty. Observing experience is fundamental to learning astronomical science. Finally, the third film describes the forefront research conducted by IU faculty and students studying the origin and evolution of stars, star clusters, the Milky Way, and distant galaxies.
These short films have been produced through a collaboration between the Department of Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Advanced Visualization Laboratory of University Information Technology Services, and funded in part by a grant from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium.
Additional stereoscopic 3D visualizations of star cluster formation and behavior, simulated using IU's Big Red II supercomputer, will also be shown.
Tickets are required for all screenings. You can pick them up at the IU Auditorium box office during regular hours or 30 minutes prior to any IU Cinema screening.