UofL - Department of Physics & Astronomy

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Louisville offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in Physics, Astronomy, and Atmospheric Science through the College of Arts and Sciences. The faculty consists of 17 members, all holding the Ph.D. in their field. All are active in a variety of research areas including interdisciplinary work with other departments. Research facilities are housed in the Natural Sciences Building, Shumaker Research Building, the Moore Observatory, and a variety of other external sites. The Department is proud of its active group of more than 30 graduate and over 115 undergraduate students, including its award-winning chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS).





Mars Today

Dr. Dowling's talk as part of the Public Astronomy Lecture Series will highlight current conditions on Mars and compare with what the planet was probably like 3 billion years ago. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions about the science versus the fiction in “The Martian” and NASA’s plans for future space exploration.


The Weather on Mars

Congratulations to Dr. Dowling who is cited at the end of this Washington post article: “The weather on Mars is both totally alien and somewhat Earth-like all at once.”