January: Interacting Galaxies

February: Thor's Helmet

March: Starburst Galaxy M82

April: Star Clusters

May: Planetary Nebulae

June: Globular Cluster M14

July: The Milky Way


Images from







Splendor of the Iowa Skies:
The 2004 ISU Astronomy Calendar
August: The Iris Nebula: NGC 7023

September: The Elephant's Trunk

October: A Lunar Eclipse

November: IC 342: A Twin of our Milky Way

December: NGC 1893: A Stellar Nursery

The Color Imaging Process

About the Observatory

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Iowa State University

The Department of Physics and Astronomy

Iowa State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy is engaged in internationally recognized forefront research, and is proud to provide outstanding teaching and training for all levels of students who want to become their best.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy currently consists of 45 faculty, approximately 100 graduate students and about 60 undergraduate majors. Four major research groups span the range of traditional efforts in physics and astronomy - our groups include condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, high energy physics and, of course, astrophysics.

The Astrophysics group operates Fick Observatory - a state-of-the-art astronomical observatory. Fick Observatory is used for research as well as for teaching graudate and undergraduate students. This calendar features some of the glorious sights visible to ISU's telescope under the Iowa Skies.

For a more detailed description of activities within the department, and opportunities for students at all levels, please visit our Web page at http://www.physics.iastate.edu