Faculty of Science

Annual Review 2017

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Ever wanted to take a closer peek at the Great Red Spot on Jupiter, Saturn's magni cent rings or brilliant newborn stars in the Orion Nebula? A donation of $500,000 from Professor Emeritus Allan Carswell (Physics & Astronomy) and the Carswell Family Foundation, matched by the Faculty of Science and York University for a total of $1 million, toward a new one-metre custom telescope will bring such celestial sights within reach. When installed at the Observatory at York, the new telescope is expected to be the largest situated on a university campus in Canada. The telescope's larger aperture, along with a new imaging instrument and automated operations, will enhance hands-on learning experiences and undergraduate research opportunities for students and better reveal wonders of the night sky to the public. In honour of Carswell's gift and his long-time contributions to science and the University, the Observatory was also renamed the Allan I. Carswell Astronomical Observatory. Major gift for new telescope opens universe to students and the community "Allan continues to be a great champion of teaching and learning that crosses boundaries and benefts the broadest range of people. His gift ill create a galactic legacy — literally and fguratively — that ill have a lasting beneft for York University and beyond." — Rhonda Lenton, president and vice- chancellor at York University "Astronomy is all around us; it excites and stretches the imagination. The Observatory at York has played a unique role in 'hands-on' student education and outreach to the public since the science faculty as established in 1968. The Cars ell Family Foundation is extremely pleased to support the expansion of this very special facility and its increasing impact in the future." — Professor Emeritus Allan Carswell (Physics & Astronomy) The llan I. Carswell stronomical Observatory The Observatory at York is already home to a feet of telescopes, including 60-centimetre and 40-centimetre Cassegrains and ve 20-centimetre telescopes, which were used for the 2017 solar eclipse viewing event at York. The facility has been a prominent hub for science outreach to the broader community since 1969. About 5,000 members of the public visit the Observatory annually for tours and viewings on Wednesday nights, and there are online viewing opportunities for many more on Monday nights when York students and faculty host the popular radio show York Universe. In recent years, the Observatory has also become a popular venue for marriage proposals. 4 YO RK U NIVERSIT Y FACU LT Y O F SCIEN CE - ,. Allan I. Carswell Astronomical Observatoty Facu lt y HigH ligHts

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