Welcome to Shannon Murphy's very 90s Homepage

It might not be pretty, but I can update it with vi.

Last update March 20, 2017

spinning moon


e-mail me at aquilla "at" umich.edu
Office: 311A West Hall
phone: (734) 615-1584
Mailbox: 3rd floor, near 303 West Hall

Angell Hall Problems
email astro-labs@umich.edu (your email from and reply-to fields must be in the form "uniqname"@umich.edu.
login and submit a ticket at http://request.umich.edu/astronomy/labs


Trained operators can email Shannon at aquilla at umich.edu to schedule planetarium time. Please include the words "schedule planetarium" in the subject line for the fastest response.

Google Calendar version:

Planetarium (Blue) and Shannon's availability (Orange)

Important you must be logged in to Google with your umich account and no other accouts to see my calendar. The planetarium calendar is public.


A training sign up email goes about about 5 times per year to members of the department and SAS. If you need the links, please email me.

Who qualifies for training:
Anyone teaching an astronomy class who needs the facilities should be trained before the term starts.
Undergrads can get training if they meet the requirements (opens a Google Doc - must be logged in with your umich account to access.)


The Planetarium manual in MS Word or pdf format
The Observatory manual in MS Word, pdf OR red (nightvision) pdf format. The operator's exam is on the page before the index.


More Useful Stuff

Some things you might want to observe (list of objects by season)

My blog has some tips, a few notes on observing, and all my notes about Second Life and the GalileoScope. aquillam.wordpress.com

Outreach SSA logo


I am a Solar System Ambassador, a volunteer program run by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA to bring the information and excitement of space exploration to the public. I can bring presentations and activities about space exploration to your group or organization. Just contact me at the above email or phone number.

For more information about the program, or to see some of my past or upcoming events, visit http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/ssa/home.cfm

If you would like to schedule an event, please drop me an email.

Michigan Astronomy

The University of Michigan Department of Astronomy also has an outreach program. For more information, including links to our open houses and events, or to request a program, check out the website at http://lsa.umich.edu/astro/public-outreach.

A few more odds and ends...

Check out some pictures of the removal of the mirrors from the 0.4m here

Pictures that have nothing to do with work


Pictures related to amateur astronomy events

AATB materials


clear sky clockClick for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast

National Weather Service forecast for Ann Arbor (lots of historical data and interesting links)