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Telescope finds new
home atop garage
TELESCOPE from page 1
The fire marshal changed those
plans, said Don Taylor, associate
professor of astronomy and physics.
Professors were concerned about
the stability of the building because
cars driving through it could shake
the structure and blur images seen
through the rooftop telescope. But
after running tests on other parking
structures, they allowed the observa
tory installation plans to progress.
The telescope finally was
installed the day before
The rooftop location didn’t meet
a fire code requiring two stairwell
fire escapes. So department
astronomers considered the top of
Manter Hall instead, where noxious
gases are vented from chemistry
labs, Taylor said.
“We hardly wanted to put our
selves up there,” he said, so they
looked for a place on the ground.
No location seemed available on
campus, he said. Then, construction
on the new university parking
garage began, Taylor said.
Gaskell said a room nearby the
observatory soon will hold a com
puter that controls the telescope and
a computer screen on which many
people can view images seen
through the telescope at once.
That room will be heated, he
said, although the observatory itself
cannot because escaping heat would
blur the light entering the telescope.
Those using the telescope must
remain free to battle elements other
than the Nebraska cold, Taylor said,
such as the huge pile-driving
machines building highway bridges
nearby. The machines shake the
ground, the garage and the tele
So do trains on the Burlington
Northern Railroad tracks.
“You see a very interesting blur
in the telescope when a train goes
by,” Gaskell said.
Users also must avoid the bright
lights on Memorial Stadium and
flood lights on buildings in the
But, on clear nights, the tele
scope is powerful enough for stu
dents to study faint galaxies and
stars. Starting next semester, the
public can join them in star-gazing
once each month.
“It may not be perfect, but it’s
better than nothing,” Gaskell said of
the new observatory.
In fact, he said, it’s the best in
essay contest on ethics
From Staff Reports
l i Collie juniprs and seaiors^ap
win cash prizes of up to $5,000
through the Elie Wiesel Foundation
for Humanity’s essay contest.
The essay requires students to
explore ethical issues or questions
in 3,000 to 4,000 words. This year’s
suggested themes include:
■ Ethics based on a personal
experience. ^ r.
■ Why are w;e here;, and how are
we to meet our ethical obligations?
■ Reflect on an ethical aspect
of a literary text.
Wiesel is a Holocaust survivor
who lost family members in Nazi
concentration camps. In 1986, he
was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
He and his wife, Marion, formed
the Elie Wiesel Foundation for
Humanity to work toward human
rights and peace through a forum of .
discussion of ethical issues.
Wiesel, who is now a professor
at Boston Oniversity,. visitedUNL i
in April 1996. He filled the Lied
Center for Performing Arts when !
he spoke about the dangers of reli
Beginning with the 1958 publica
tion of his first memoir, “LaNuif * (The
Night),Wiesel has used his talents as an
author, teacher and storyteller to
enlighten and inform his audiences.
, His latest memoir, “All Rivers
Run into the Sea,” was published in
the United States last fall.
Requests for information on the
contest are due Dec. 19. The essays,
accompanied by a completed entry
form, are due Jan. 23.
For information, contact the Elie
Wiesel Foundation for Humanity,
450 Lexington Ave., Suite 1920, New
York, N. Y. 10017.
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