The Las Campanas Observatory
Below is a view of the observatory as it appeared at 6:10PM on March 23, 2001. Our observing team of Barry Madore (CIW/IPAC), Wendy Freedman (CIW), Ryan Quadri (HMC), and Bryan Penprase (Pomona College) were observing at Las Campanas for 10 nights to study the structure of the galaxy M83 and other relatively nearby galaxies using the 100" DuPont telescope, the 40" telescope, and the 6.5 meter Magellan telescope. The observing run was very successful and will keep us busy for many months as we study the results. This page is a tour of some of the observational results, and views from the observing run of March 20-30 2001.
Views of the Observatory Site and Telescopes
Ten still images from my Olympus Ultrazoom 2100 digital camera were stitched together and matched with Photoshop to create this view of the observatory at sunset. It almost is like being there! Enjoy!
More pictures of the observatory buildings, etc. can be found at my Las Campanas Pictures site.
Results from Our Observations at Las Campanas
Our work should reveal new things about the structure and evolution of galaxies. Using narrow band filters and high signal to noise images from the Las Campanas telescopes, we will be studying the inner workings of a variety of galaxies to learn more about star formation, supernova remnants and stellar populations within the galaxies. You can see some of our preliminary results at the links below.
You can also read about my expedition to see the penguins of Churros Island
(north of La Serena, fairly far north!)
This and some images of the scenery in North Chile may be found on my Penguin Expedition page.
This page was prepared for educational purposes. If you intend to use the images on this page for other pages or purposes, please send me email, and include a credit to Dr. Bryan Penprase, Pomona College. Thanks!
Associate Professor of Astronomy