• Biographical Description

  • Web Site: http://www.du.edu/~rstencel

    Dr. Stencel is the William Herschel Womble professor of Astronomy and Director of DU Observatories - including DU's historic Chamberlin Observatory [1894, http://www.du.edu/~rstencel/Chamberlin ], Meyer-Womble Observatory, located at 14,148 ft elev on Mt.Evans, Colorado [1972/1996, http://www.du.edu/~rstencel/MtEvans ] and the newer Student Astronomy Lab commissioned on campus in 2004 and improved in 2012 [see homepage links].

    Some of his course offerings include:
    21st century Physics & Astronomy [PHYS 1011/1012/1013]
    Astrophysical Theory [PHYS2051/2/3] & Astronomical Methods [PHYS2061/2/3]    Observational Astrophysics [PHYS3252]
    Natural Optics [PHYS 2830]
    Environmental and Social Consequences of Artificial Light [HNRS2400]
    Archaeo-Astronomy [HNRS2400]
    First Year Seminar(s)
    Independent Study/Research [PHYSx991/5]
    & graduate astronomy/astrophysics classes [PHYS4251,4995,5995...].

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • HangingWithKepler.jpg

    Hanging with my buddies Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler in Prague (2006 IAU).

  • SHawking.jpg

    Hanging with Stephen Hawking (1998, Dallas)

  • Dept.Biz

  • MOTIONS PASSED, 7/3/06 faculty meeting: 1. Faculty meetings shall occur on the third Wednesday of each month during the academic year, but this does not exclude options for meeting at other times. 2. Motions passed and agendae shall be recorded.
  • Selected Publications

  • 2018 MESA models of the evolutionary state of the interacting binary epsilon Aurigae

    Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 476, Issue 4, p.5026-5031.

    Access: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2018MNRAS.476.5026G 

  • Transient Carbon Monoxide (CO) Absorption and Persistent Brackett Alpha (BrA) Emission in the Infrared Spectrum of epsilon Aurigae -- published as:

    2015 Astronomical Journal vol. 149, article #109, March - access via: 


  • 2015 Jan.1 Astrophysical Journal report - Pearson and Stencel - on using thermal constraints to model the disk system in epsilon Aurigae, and other double stars with disk(s).

  • epsilon Aurigae-an Overview of the 2009-2011 Eclipse Campaign Results
  • Accepted 2011 Sept for publication in the Astronomical Journal next spring.

    This paper was nearly 20 years in the making, including data acquired during the mid-1990s at the Wyoming IR telescope, plus newer data during the 2010 eclipse at the NASA IRTF, Spitzer Space Telescope and other sources.

  • Mid-eclipse report, epsilon Aurigae 2010

  • Interferometric imaging of epsilon Aur's dark disk during ingress, 2009 (Nature)

  • Structure in the disk of epsilon Aurigae, 2010.

  • Spectral Energy Distirbution of epsilon Aurigae

    Hoard, Howell & Stencel, 2010 Astrophysical Journal

  • A book by Jeffrey L Hopkins and Robert E Stencel, anticipating the start of the 2009-2011 eclipse epoch.  ISBN 978-0-615-24022-0.  Draft version.

  • Archaeoastronomical analysis of the ancient Chinese site Niuheliang
  • suggested sources for astrophys articles
  • DU's historic Chamberlin Observatory

    Denver's Great Telescope, by C.Stencel & R.Stencel, 2006 is a richly-illustrated 100 page introduction to the telescope and history of the original DU observatory, 1894. Ordering info at the link provided.

  • Conference proceedings 1985 held in Tucson, AZ - The 1982-1984 Eclipse of Epsilon Aurigae, edited by R.E.Stencel, NASA Conference Publication 2384, DC.

  • Archaeo-astronomy at Angkor Wat, Cambodia (1976 Science)

  • Research

  • IAU binary stars symposium report, 2006 Aug.
  • Gallery

  • MWO images of Xena "the warrior planet"
  • Mars during perihelion, summer 2003
  • Info about the WMAP cosmology project

This portfolio last updated: 21-Sep-2018 4:10 PM