Newest home page of Kevin Krisciunas (Texas A & M)

Kevin Krisciunas

Texas A & M University
Department of Physics and Astronomy
4242 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4242
Phone: 979-595-5570

Here I am standing on top Huayna Picchu in Peru. Machu Picchu is way down below.

Below is the night sky at Cerro Tololo, including the Galactic plane and the zodiacal light, which is sunlight scattered off interplanetary dust between the Earth and the Sun. (Image by Roger Smith.)

Autobiographical memoir (last updated October 16, 2022)

Astronomy 101 (Basic Astronomy), fall 2020

Basic Astronomy experiments

The celestial sphere

Advice for seniors in high school

Right Ascension and Declination of the Sun for 2024

Solar eclipses from 1901 through 2053

Right Ascension and Declination of the Moon for 2024

Lunar eclipses from 1901 through 2051

At what distance can the human eye detect a candle flame? It is NOT 10 miles or 30 miles, something you might get from a Google search. A paper by Kevin Krisciunas and Don Carona posted to the astrophysics preprint server can be obtained by clicking here .

Experiment to measure the distance to asteroid 1996 HW1

Experiments related to the Moon's angular size

Gnomon experiments

Sunsets in La Serena, Chile

Doing aperture photometry with IRAF

The cosmological distance ladder

How to integrate Planck's function (which involves calculating the Riemann Zeta Function)

Look-back time, the age of the universe, and the case for a positive cosmological constant (an article published in 1993 in the Journal of the RAS of Canada).

The acceleration of the universe

Strange cases from the files of astronomical sociology

Total Eclipse

Sky & Telescope name index

Some publications...

My most famous joke (?) can be found here , and probably at various other places on the web.

Second Mitchell Institute Workshop on Cosmology and Supernovae, 12-14 April 2012

Third Mitchell Institute Workshop on Cosmology and Supernovae, 9-11 April 2013

Carnegie SN Project Workshop, October 2013

Tenth Mitchell Institute Workshop on Cosmology and Supernovae, 11-15 March 2019

This is an image of the burn-up of a Space Shuttle fuel tank, just south of the Big Island. It was taken at the 9200-ft level of Mauna Kea by William Albrecht in April of 1984. The view is to the southeast.

Last modified on January 5, 2024.

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