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harry j.augensen, phd, professor of physics and astronomy

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Harry J. Augensen BA, MS, PhD


  • PhD Astronomy 1978

    Northwestern University (IL)

  • ASTR 108 Introduction to Astronomy

  • PHYS 323 Classical Mechanics Lab

  • ENVR 209 Meteorology

My research interests include galactic structure, planetary nebulae, and late stages in stellar evolution. I have carried out astronomical research at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, at the Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona, at the Laboratory for Astronomy and Solar Physics at the NASA-Goddard Spaceflight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, and at the Sproul Observatory in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Most recently I have worked on the monitoring of suspected variable stars. Widener University is a member of the National Undergraduate Research Observatory (NURO), which operates a 31-inch telescope on the Anderson Mesa outside of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Selected Awards

  • Widener University, Faculty Development Grants, 198990, 199091, 199192, 199293

  • Elmhurst College Alumni Merit Award, 1984

  • NASA/Goddard Summer Faculty Fellowships, 1982, 1983

Selected Publications

  • Augensen, H.J. (1985). A search for radial velocity variations in the central stars of southern planetary nebulae and planetary-like objects. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 213(2), 399–405.

  • Heap, S.R., & Augensen, H.J. (1987). Mass distribution and evolutionary scheme for central stars of planetary nebulae. The Astrophysical Journal, 313, 268–283.

  • Augensen, H.J., and Heintz, W.D. (1992). A new orbit determination for Alpha Ophiuchi. Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 104, 314.

American Astronomical Society (AAS), Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi