Astronomy Update

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Dr. Ronald Kaitchuck, Ball State University

Presenting the annual astronomy update again this year will be Dr. Ronald Kaitchuck, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

A longtime member of GLPA, Dr. Kaitchuck earned his Ph.D. in astronomy from Indiana University. He is author or co-author of more than 80 scientific publications, two books, and has contributed to Scientific American and the Encyclopedia Britannica.

As the long-time director of the Ball State University Planetarium, Dr. Kaitchuck planned, designed, and helped secure donations for the new Charles W. Brown Planetarium with a 16 meter dome and a GOTO/RSA Cosmos hybrid star projector. The new facility opened in 2014.

Kaitchuck was the Director of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy Consortium’s observatory in Chile for 4 years. His current research interests are observational astronomy and interacting binary stars