Physics and Astronomy
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A WKU team tested the SunSketcher app during an eclipse in Texas. The app captures Baily's Beads during eclipses, and users' images help analyze the Sun's shape for solar research and testing gravity...
Western Kentucky University's team is developing a free app for photographing the next total solar eclipse. The app, called "SunSketcher Eclipse Project," is designed to help people capture...
The 2023 Western Kentucky Physics Olympics tested students on their engineering, problem-solving, teamwork, creativity, and critical thinking skills....
Sixty students from five local schools participated in the 2018 Western Kentucky Physics Olympics on Saturday, February 24, 2018.
We are located near the "top of the Hill" on WKU's main campus, with facilities in Kelly Thompson Hall (KTH) and Ogden College Hall (OCH), which are both on State Street between Hardin Planetarium and 14th Avenue (see WKU campus map). Our departmental office is on the second floor of KTH in room 2009.
We offer courses for our undergraduate students progressing toward a B.S. in Physics, for our graduate students in Homeland Security Science, and for students of all majors who need general education or technical support in physics and astronomy.
The WKU Department of Physics and Astronomy strives to foster a diverse international community of faculty, staff and students through engaged learning and significant research, stimulating intellectual curiosity and critical thinking.
We aim to:
- Suitably prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers and health professionals
- Increase understanding of the physical universe in the local community and beyond.
- Conduct research that both enables these aims and has positive impact in the local and regional community and beyond.