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February 27, 2017

Sonoma State University's 41-year-old observatory will be getting a much-needed facelift this spring. It will continue hosting astronomy classes, faculty and student research and free public viewing nights when it reopens in fall 2017.

The current 12-by-24 wooden building looks more like...

planetary nebula
October 6, 2015

The Sonoma State University Physics and Astronomy department invites all to attend this week's public viewing night entitled Planetary Nebulae: Nature's Watercolors. The program is 8:00-10:00 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the SSU observatory.

The event will begin with a short presentation in which...

January 7, 2016

Sonoma State University physics and astronomy professor Lynn Cominsky has received awards from two professional societies for her work in bringing STEM education to K-12 and college classrooms.

Cominsky is being honored with the American Astronomical Society's Education Prize and the...

illustration of black holes colliding
February 11, 2016

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented...

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