Physics faculty members Jerry Hinnefeld and Henry Scott hosted the Adams High School Science Department Chair, Matthew McQueen, and students from two of his Fall 2023 astronomy classes, for a special Meet the Stars event at the IUSB Observatory on Monday, October 16th. There were over twenty people in the Adams group, including some parents and grandparents.
Heavy cloud cover precluded visual observations, but it was an engaged group, and we gave a thorough tour of the facility. Additionally, the students are just starting to learn about astronomical spectroscopy in class, so Prof. Hinnefeld walked them through the equipment and processing steps he uses with IUSB students to collect spectra. He also showed and discussed recent data and images from the facility.