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Russell Doescher

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Texas State students, researchers survey the stars at Supple observatory

San Marcos residents don’t have to travel light-years away to see the stars. The university’s observatory is opened to the public for two hours most Wednesday nights.

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Afternoon shadows shed new light on photograph that kissed World War II goodbye

For the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a team of astronomers from Texas State University has applied its unique brand of celestial sleuthing to the iconic image.

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Monet’s striking cliff by the sea beckons Texas State’s ‘Celestial Sleuths’

Famed French Impressionist Claude Monet created a striking scene of the Normandy coast in his 1883 painting, “Étretat: Sunset.” Now, a team of Texas State University researchers, led by astronomer and physics professor Donald Olson, has applied...

Monday, March 5th, 2012

The iceberg’s accomplice: Did the moon sink the Titanic?

Texas State University's team of "celestial sleuths" is suggesting in an article to be published next month that an unusually strong "spring tide" a few months earlier may have caused the massive iceberg field that doomed the...

Friday, October 7th, 2011

SMGA holding benefit Saturday with live music, food, astronomy

UPDATED 12 a.m. Oct. 9: SMGA’s Harvest Moon FUNdraiser has been postponed due to chance of rain, lightning, mud, and potential cloud cover obscuring stars and moon Saturday evening. The event will be rescheduled, probably for November.

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Texas State researchers ID meteor storm in Whitman poem

Texas State researchers recently identified a mysterious meteor appearance from a poem in Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," using a painting by Frederic Church as a clue.

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Texas State astronomers say they’ve solved Walt Whitman meteor mystery

The researchers applied an unique brand of forensic astronomy to the question, rediscovering one of the most famous celestial events of Whitman's day--one that inspired both Whitman and famed landscape painter Frederic Church--yet became inexplicably forgotten by...

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Texas State astronomers unravel more Munch mysteries

Texas State astronomers Don Olson and Russell Doescher, along with honors students Joseph Herbert, Robert Newton and Ava Pope, have used their forensic skills with the stars to unravel another mystery regarding the works of Norwegian artist...