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Christiansen: SOAR-ing to new heights

posted Wednesday October 12, 2005

Did you know that a UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member initiated the creation of one of the best telescopes in the world?

On Monday, Oct. 10, at noon, Dr. Wayne Christiansen, director of the Morehead Observatory and professor of physics and astronomy, will track the history of the SOAR (Southern Astrophysical Research) telescope during his seminar at MPSC’s Midday Science Series.

Dr. Wayne Christiansen Eighteen years ago, Dr. Wayne Christiansen and his colleagues began the development of the SOAR telescope. Located in Cerro Pachon, Chile, this telescope not only produces high quality images but also has the ability to capture celestial phenomenon with only a few minutes’ notice.

Christiansen is the second speaker in the series. The hour-long seminars are held in the NASA Digital Theater and are free to the public. The series serves as an opportunity for you to learn more about the amazing research conducted by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members.