Physics and Astronomy Department

People who want to see the depths of the universe can get a glimpse at Western Washington University's recently upgraded planetarium.

The planetarium, on the third floor of Haggard Hall, has been outfitted with a new digital projection system that can project 3-D, high-resolution…

To encouragement undergraduate students to engage in creative work in their disciplines, Research and Creative Opportunities grants are available each quarter. This type of research is at the core of Western’s goal to support inter-disciplinary study across campus.

The…

Brad Snowder’s focus is on the stars – he teaches astronomy at Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College, he is the director of Western’s planetarium and he delivered updates about the landing of the Mars rover via social media outlets.

For a man whose…

 

Every clear Wednesday while class is in session, faculty and students from Western's Physics and Astronomy Department take its 12" Meade telescope outside to the front of the building and invite passers by to take a look through the eyepiece.

Last week, they had Jupiter…

There is no denying this is an excellent way to promote a museum devoted to electrical inventions: Let patrons sit inside a 9-foot-tall metal cage and zap it with blue sparks carrying 4 million volts.

OK, so maybe the insurance company will have a few questions,…

Like a snowball rolling downhill and getting larger and larger, galaxies in space form clusters that grow in size as they careen through the cosmos ­– and just how big they could grow and how long they’ll keep growing is the subject of a research team headed by Western Washington…

George “Pinky” Nelson, a professor of physics and astronomy at Western Washington University, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

The academy provides expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policymaking and works to increase the role of…

Former South Whidbey resident and Western Washington University professor of physics and astronomy George “Pinky” Nelson, the head of Western’s Science, Math and Technology Education program, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

New members will be inducted at the…

Western Washington University Professor of Physics and Astronomy George “Pinky” Nelson, the head of Western’s Science, Math and Technology Education program, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

New members will be inducted at the academy’s…

Lifelong "space geek" Brad Snowder was born the year the Soviet satellite Sputnik launched the Space Race, but he was too young to celebrate the ensuing first U.S. satellite success.

Fifty-five years later, the Bellingham resident finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to…

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