Physics Teacher Mentoring

MSUM is a satellite host for GO4ST8 Physics, a physics teacher mentoring organization in Minnesota. Steve Lindaas, Physics and Astronomy, has been facilitating virtual connectivity between participants since Spring of 2020.  There are now four in-person sites around the state that are virtually connected.  Last Saturday the GO4ST8 Physics workshop was on PV=nRT, the ideal gas law.  Steve was a […]

Physics and Astronomy students present research at national meeting

Department of Physics and Astronomy students Mara DeRung, Tanner Weyer, and Emily Watson presented an electronic poster at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Variable Star Observers. They presented the work they did this past summer automating MSUM’s Paul P. Feder Observatory and observing exoplanets and variable stars.  The students are shown below with AAVSO Executive Director […]

MSUM students share love of astronomy with hundreds of visitors at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Six MSUM students volunteered at the 10th annual Dakota Nights astronomy festival at Theodore Roosevelt National Park Sep 16-18, 2022. They set up several telescope for evening star viewing and gave visual tours of the constellations using laser pointers. Five of the students, Alex Niemi, Emily Watson, Izzy DiOrio, Mara DeRung, and Tanner Weyer, have majors in the Department of […]

MSUM Students Contribute Data to NASA Mission

MSUM students Mara DeRung and Emily Watson submitted observations of an exoplanet transit to NASA’s TESS mission as part of the ground follow-up group. A transit occurs when a planet orbiting another star passes in front of the star, briefly dimming its light. The green line in the graph below shows the tiny dip in brightness of the star as […]