Free public open house to view the moon, Jupiter, and Mars at the observatory Wednesday, May 7.
These positions are only available to current Grinnell College Students.
We are living in a Golden Age for astronomy, and Grinnell College offers its students a range of opportunities to experience the excitement of direct involvement in astronomical observation and investigation. The unusually sophisticated instrumentation at Grinnell's observatory supports activities ranging from casual visual observing to active astronomical research and allows students to do projects that are connected to topics of current interest, such as the expansion of the universe and the behavior of pulsars.
A Thanksgiving Day trip around the sun will determine whether the comet survives for post-feast viewing.
The observatory open house features a globular cluster and the Ring Nebula this Saturday, Nov. 2.
Curricular Development Resources
- Discovery-Based Physics: a General Physics course developed at Grinnell using a pedagogy similar toPriscilla Laws's Workshop Physics but including more contemporary topics.
- Discovery-based Computational Physics: An implementation of the pedagogical techniques of Workshop Physics in an intermediate level physics course.
Physics at Grinnell combines a rigorous curriculum with a supportive community of faculty and students. You apply your intellectual curiosity to classical and modern theory — and get extensive laboratory experience in technically advanced facilities and via faculty-student research, off-campus research, seminars, and internships. Physics also supports a 3-2 program in engineering and offers exceptional opportunities and
The facility includes refurbished teaching and research laboratories, classroom and office space, a science library, a computer laboratory, and several study areas. The addition connects two of the wings with a courtyard in between. The building houses the departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, physics, and psychology. Containing modern scientific equipment and instrumentation, the facility has laboratories, classrooms, and seminar rooms, which are equipped with electronic and other modern instructional tools. The building also houses the Kistle Science Library and the Physics Historical Museum. In the northeast section of the building, a greenhouse is used as an instructional and research facility.
The Grant O. Gale Observatory is located at the extreme north end of the campus. It is reached by a road located just to the west of the tennis courts on 10th Avenue.