Pine Bluff Observatory

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Pine Bluff Observatory
Organization University of Wisconsin–Madison
Location Cross Plains, Wisconsin
Coordinates 43°04′40″N 89°40′18″W / 43.0777°N 89.6717°W / 43.0777; -89.6717Coordinates: 43°04′40″N 89°40′18″W / 43.0777°N 89.6717°W / 43.0777; -89.6717
Altitude 362 meters (1,188 ft)
Established 1958 (1958)
Website Pine Bluff Observatory
36-Inch Telescope 0.9 m reflector
16-Inch Telescope 0.4 m reflector

The Pine Bluff Observatory (PBO) is an astronomical observatory located in the town of Cross Plains, Wisconsin (USA) about 24 kilometers (15 mi) west of Madison. PBO is owned and operated by the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW-Madison). It opened in 1958, and is mainly used by students and faculty of UW-Madison for instruction and research. PBO also provides a facility for testing new instruments.[1] Recent research conducted at PBO includes measuring the lunar sodium tail, monitoring circumstellar disks around Be stars, and studying the warm ionized medium.[2][3][4]

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  1. ^ "UW Pine Bluff Observatory". University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Astronomy. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  2. ^ Mierkiewicz, E. J.; Line, M. R.; Roesler, F. L.; Oliversen, R. J. (2006). "The Observed Velocity Structure of the Lunar Sodium Tail". American Geophysical Union. 41: 0834. Bibcode:2006AGUFM.U41C0834M. 
  3. ^ Draper, Zachary H.; Wisniewski, John P.; Bjorkman, Karen S.; Bjorkman, Jon E.; Haubois, Xavier; Carciofi, Alex C.; Meade, Marilyn R. (2011). "Disk-loss and disk-renewal phases in classical Be stars – II. Detailed analysis of spectropolarimetric data". Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union. 6: 388. arXiv:1101.2906free to read. doi:10.1017/S1743921311010854. 
  4. ^ Halford, Melissa; Mierkiewicz, E. J.; Reynolds, R. J.; Madsen, G. J.; Haffner, L. M.; Barger, K. A.; Roesler, F. L. (2011). "Studying the Temperature and Ionization State of the Warm Ionized Medium". American Astronomical Society. 217: 25109. Bibcode:2011AAS...21725109H. 

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