Follow-on Events

After selected talks, there will be a follow-on activity allowing you to further engage and understand physics of the world around us. These activities will change on an event-by-event basis and will be advertised in advance with the event.

Jordan Hall of Science Observatory

The Jordan Hall Observatory sits on the south-facing roof of Jordan Hall. The observatory features the research-class 0.8m Krizmanich Telescope, one of the largest telescopes in Indiana and indeed on the campus of any university. Join us to observe the skies with both this an a number of smaller telescope we have available.


Napoleon Telescope, Nieuwland Science Hall

The observatory on the roof of Nieuwland Science Hall houses the Napoleon Telescope, an antique instrument containing a 6-inch objective lens donated to Notre Dame by Napoleon III of France in the 1850s. The original telescope was located in an observatory in front of the Main Building until the great fire in the 1870s. The lens was re-fitted with a Warner & Swasey mounting in the 1890s and moved to Nieuwland Science Hall in the 1960s where it remains to this day.

Digital Visualizations Theater (DVT)

The Digital Visualization Theater (DVT) offers the unique ability to be immersed in high-resolution, high-fidelity images projected on a 50-foot-diameter dome. With advanced projection, audio and computing capabilities allowing the the real-time rendering of 3D objects, the state-of-the-art, 136-seat hexagonal theater envelops you into a 360-degree visual experience.


Other Activities

During the talk series, special one-off events will allow you to engage with physics and experience cutting-edge research at Notre Dame. From hands-on activities to tours of the research facilities on campus, be sure to check event listings for specific information.

Please note that in the case of bad weather, while any scheduled talk will go ahead as planned, any follow-on event organized at the campus observatory will need to be cancelled. Where able, we hope to offer an alternative activity although this may not always be possible.

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