SKY & TELESCOPE Article on Local Observatory November 4, 2011Posted by jcconwell in Asteroids, Astronomers, Observatory, telescopes.
Tags: ARI, Asteroid, Eastern Illinois University, EIU, NEO, physics, Sky & Telscope
The December Issue of Sky & Telescope has hit the newsstand this week. The feature article is on Bob Holmes, an adjunct professor in the Physics Department here at EIU. Bob is director of the Astronomical Research Institute (ARI), a private research observatory about 15 miles away from Charleston. He is one of NASA’s principle people who does orbital measurements of Near Earth Object (NEOs). These are potentially hazardous asteroids that intersect near the Earth’s orbit. All done with telescopes that he BUILT! I’ll tell you next week about the his new 50″ telescope, with picture of the mount installation, that will be fully installed next year. It make ARI the largest privately owned observatory in the world.