Greetings from Illinois! Also, the REAL Conference Wrap-Up

As Wil Wheaton would say, “Wheaton, Illinois, I am in you!” (Which is surreal, if you think about it.) I am here in search of Grote Reber, one of the founders of radio astronomy, who built a radio telescope in the back yard of his Wheaton house. While the telescope itself is in Green Bank, West Virginia (where I’ll be in two weeks), it appears there is a museum on the site where his house used to sit–so I’m headed that way once I’ve finished my coffee.

In the meantime, my big summary of the Phenomenology 2012 Symposium is up at Ars Technica. It contains some of the same information as my posts on this site (see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3), but it also covers the hunt for supersymmetry and attempts to find dark matter in colliders and other detectors.

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3 Responses to “Greetings from Illinois! Also, the REAL Conference Wrap-Up”


  1. 1 Julie Marton May 17, 2012 at 17:24

    Can you please post the address of this Grote Reber site in Wheaton? I’d like to check it out the next time I’m in the area.

    • 2 Matthew R. Francis May 17, 2012 at 22:54

      I’ll have more to say about Reber later – I did find the site, but the house has been moved (and the telescope of course is in West Virginia). Suffice to say I have a blog post brewing!

      Yerkes is a possible site to visit on Saturday.

  2. 3 Julie Marton May 17, 2012 at 17:26

    Also, will you be visiting the Yerkes Observatory in Lake Geneva in Wisconsin? Recommended!


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