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Astronomy & Physics Archive

Appalachian astronomer helps discover asteroid’s ring system

BOONE—Happenstance led to the discovery of the first ring system around an asteroid, and Appalachian State University Professor Joseph Pollock was part of the team of astronomers that made the discovery.

Public viewing of the Transit of Venus held June 5 at Appalachian

BOONE—The planet Venus will cross the face of the sun June 5-6, creating a small dot as it moves. The event will be visible, weather permitting, June 5 in North America. The next transit of the planet won’t occur until 2117.

Appalachian/Nature Research Center partnership enhances science education outreach

BOONE—A partnership between the N.C. Museum of Science’s Nature Research Center in Raleigh and UNC System universities has paired Dr. Rachel L. Smith with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Appalachian State University.

NASA dream becomes reality for two Appalachian students

BOONE—It has been 51 years since President John F. Kennedy challenged the nation to set its sight on a lunar landing.

N.C. Science Festival features activities for youth and adults

NCScienceFestival_logo_t.jpgBOONE—Nothing like brains and neurons, or perhaps fossils and robots, to get kids excited about science.

Appalachian professors are part of the search for early life

carmichael_t.jpgBOONE—Professors at Appalachian State University are part of the search for signs of life across the galaxy.

Appalachian and Discovery Place partner to enhance science and math education

BeeEye_t.jpgBOONE—Appalachian State University and Discovery Place in Charlotte are partnering to excite school-age children and others about science, technology, engineering and math. Known as STEM, these academic areas are critical to addressing the state’s need for a professional workforce skilled in these areas.

Appalachian faculty members win research grants

BOONE – Two Appalachian State University faculty members have been selected by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) to receive 2011 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards.

Vatican astronomer, author is guest on “Appalachian Perspective” to air in April

brotherguy_t.jpgBOONE – Vatican astronomer Brother Guy Consolmagno discusses his career exploring the connections between science, religion and society in the April episode of Appalachian State University’s cable television program, “Appalachian Perspective.”