remote-access technology software.
This fall, 12 undergraduates and one
graduate student will spend weekdays in La
Serena, a town on the Pacific coast, where
they will go to lectures and perform
research in laboratories on the campus of
the U.S. astronomy observatory.
On weekends, they will split their time
between assisting astronomers in the SOAR
control room and working with PROMPT,
a network of smaller telescopes located
7,500 feet above sea level on Cerro Tololo.
Lissa Petter, a sophomore from Atlanta,
said she's always been interested in physics
and astronomy, but after taking Chris-
tiansen's first-year seminar, Catastrophe and
Chaos: Unpredictable Physics, she was
"I really chose to do it because it sounds
like a once-in-a-lifetin1.e opportunity;' she
said."I think this trip is going to be a great
chance to explore something I might not
have the chance to explore otherwise."
Christiansen said, "You have to be there
at that point to really sense what it means.
They're learning hands-on astronomy in a
way that's very important for the future."
Recently, UNC received two National
Science Foundation grants totaling
$912,000 to build six more telescopes in
Chile. The six Panchromatic Robotic
Optical Monitoring and Polarimetry Tele-
scopes are designed to study powerful but
distant explosions called ganuna-ray bursts.
Daniel Reichart, assistant professor of
physics and astronomy, said that with
SOAR and me new additions, and anomer
telescope coming soon in South Africa, the
University will have more guaranteed
access to the Southern Hemisphere sky
than any other U.S. institution.
"It's both a satisfying conclusion to
many years of work," Carney said,"but it's
also just incredibly invigorating to consider
the scientific opportunities that the faculty
and students at UNC will now have."
- Lynne Shallcross '04
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