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March 11, 2000

High Tech Telescopes UW-RF Lecture Topic

The UW-River Falls Society of Physics will host Professor A. G. Davis Philip, research professor at Union College, Institute for Space Observations.

Philip will speak on "Large Optical Telescopes: From the Soviet Six-Meter to the VLT in Chile," in the UW-RF North Hall Auditorium on March 23, at 7 p.m. as part of the Harlow Shapley Lecture, sponsored by the American Astronomical Society.

The lecture series is named after Shapley, a famous astronomer who liked championed keeping the public apprised of his work.

"Shapley liked sharing his research with others," said UW-RF physics Professor Earl Blodgett. "We enjoy these lectures because it gives astronomers an opportunity to inform the public of what they have been doing."

Philip will refer to personal experiences using very large telescopes, and will describe the challenges and opportunities presented by the new generation of very large telescopes.

"Philip was the first American allowed to use the Soviet Union's six-meter reflector telescope, which for some time was considered the largest telescope in the world," Blodgett said.

The first part of Philip's lecture will detail the experiences of working on telescopes in the Soviet Union. He also will describe how new devices and techniques have made telescopes more effective, as well as some of their current problems.

For more information regarding Philip's lecture, call Blodgett at 715/425-3196.

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