"Season of Light"
Learn about how our holiday traditions are connected to ancient astronomy and how our observances today are related to changes in the night sky in our annual holiday planetarium program. "Season of Light" will be presented Dec. 8-14, 2018. On Saturday and Sunday it starts at 2:00 pm. On Monday through Friday the show starts at 7:00 pm. The program lasts about 45 minutes and is not recommended for ages seven and under. Admission is free but reservations are recommended. Call (309) 794-7318 during weekday business hours.

"Augie's John Deere Planetarium unveils $150,000 upgrade in Rock Island"
Online article by John David of WQAD Channel 8 on Nov. 30, 2018. Features a 1:38 video interview with Dr. Lee Carkner that shows some of the capabilities of the new planetarium instrument.

Augustana Observatory
The Carl Gamble Observatory shown above features a Celestron C14 computer-driven 14-inch reflector telescope. In addition to being used by various classes, the observatory is open to the public on special occasions such as our annual Spring open house and Fall open house. It was also open for viewing Comet HyakutakeComet Hale-Bopp and a 2015 lunar eclipse.

John Deere Planetarium

A free illustrated program about the nighttime sky and the solar system is provided, by appointment, during the academic year
for school classes (beginning with Grade 3) and other groups of up to 60 persons. The program, which lasts about 45 minutes and is in the dark, is presented by Dr. Lee Carkner, Director, using the new Digitarium Lambda planetarium instrument. Dr. Carkner is a member of the Department of Physics and 
Astronomy.

Program appointments can be arranged by calling Jennifer Milner at the Planetarium, (309) 794-7318, or you may request information by email at jennifermilner@augustana.edu. The observatory and planetarium are located on the college campus at 820 38th Street.

Here a few sources of current astrophysics information.
   Astronomy Picture of the Day - a service of Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
   Current astronomy news - latest news from Sky and Telescope
   Space Weather - updated news and information about the Sun-Earth environment
   Star Walk news - new stories nearly every day
   This week's sky - from Sky and Telescope

Here are a few spacecraft that are currently active.


Insight - (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport), a Mars lander
OSIRIS-REx - mission to asteroid Bennu
Juno - mission at Jupiter
New Horizons - Pluto and beyond
Parker Solar Probe - will study the Sun's atmosphere
Hubble Space Telescope - launched in 1990 by space shuttle Discovery