About Us

About Us
is made up of undergraduate students from Columbia and Barnard with a genuine interest in astronomy and who want to engage with other astronomy students, the department here at Columbia and the community at large. We welcome undergrads that are majoring in Astronomy/Astrophysics, other science disciplines, or people who simply have an interest in the subject.

Nov 21, 2010

Astronomy: A Labor of Love

redShift Lunch
Special Guest: Joe Patterson

Friday Nov 19th
1:00-1:50 pm
1402 Pupin (Astro Library)

"If we weren't here at the university... Joe, Jules ... we would all be doing this for free."
Professor Applegate during a cameo appearance at a recent redShift lunch

Talk to any astronomy buff and you will find that they rattle off ccd statistics like a proud parent and with the next breath tell stories about 16th century astronomers like it was yesterday. Many practice astronomy as a hobby but some are lucky enough to pursue it as a profession, leading a career full of serious research at the frontiers of astronomy while incorporating the activities that they have always loved. We were pleased to enjoy free pizza, great company, and excellent conversation with Prof. Joe Patterson, director of the Center for Backyard Astrophysics, astrophotographer and astronomy historian.  We were also very happy to have Prof. David Schiminovich discuss images from Galex.

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