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  • October 23, 2003
    Additional pre-generated images that complement those in the WHAM-NSS paper are now available on the survey page.

  • August 7, 2003
    The WHAM Survey paper is finally finished and accepted. It will appear in ApJ Supplement, v149, in December 2003. See the Papers section for a preprint. Please use the citation there for all your future references related to the WHAM-NSS.

    We've also caught up with most of our recent releases on the Papers section of the site. Look for a series of new papers from our team this fall on the results of our multi-wavelength projects.

  • December 10, 2001
    Matt and Greg will be presenting at the AAS meeting in Washington, DC on Tuesday, January 8. Matt will be presenting a poster on the finished WHAM-NSS while Greg will have a poster on the newest WHAM multi-wavelength science results. We will have a limited supply of small versions of our PR poster, which is now also available for download through the Survey page.

  • November 30, 2001
    Survey Release: Phase II

    The full kinematic release is now available on the Survey page!

  • November 27, 2001

    The second phase of the survey, the full kinematic spectra release, will be posted this week. Check back for details!

  • July 31, 2001

    We've added PostScript maps with black backgrounds (yes, they eat toner or ink, but look quite nice!) and a FITS binary table option to the Survey downloads.

  • July 27, 2001

    We now have GIF, PNG, and PostScript maps available on the Survey page.

  • July 19, 2001

    Sorry for the huge delay in updating our site. We've been a little busy! Matt Haffner's son was born in December and he's been having a lot of (too much?) fun in real life. We're also publishing four papers this summer.

    Matt's was just published in ApJ Letters and presents the first ionized map of a IVC. Ron Reynolds and Nick Sterling just submitted their work on a large loop above the W3/4/5 complex in the Perseus arm. Greg Madsen is polishing off work on WHAM observations just off the H I disk of M31 and Nikki Hausen's meticulous job pulling out the H-Alpha emission from the Lockman Window and toward the ever-popular target HD93521 is nearly finished.

    Finally, we'd like to present...

    Survey Release: Phase I
    The total intensity map is now available at the Survey page! The full spectral map will be available soon as well. There are several systematic effects that we are still trying to correct.

  • July 16, 2001
    The first phase of the survey will be released this week. Check back for details!

  • July 7, 2000
    Survey reduction is nearing completion! Over 80% (90% above dec = -20 degrees) of the sky is complete and we hope to be done in another month or so. Downloadable WHAM data should be available by early this fall.

  • May 3, 2000
    The survey reduction is going slow but is progressing steadily. About 50% of the sky has been reduced. Matt Haffner will be presenting the (hopefully whole) survey at the Fourth Tetons Conference at the end of May. Greg Madsen and Nikki Hausen are presenting posters about H-Alpha emission at the edge of M31 and [O I]/H-Alpha measurements in H II regions at the Rochester AAS Meeting in early June.

  • February 7, 2000
    Web site overhaul!
    Sorry for not keeping up with these pages. We have been extremely busy with reduction of the H-Alpha survey. Our intention is to have it finished in a few months and have full public access to the data by this summer. I hope you enjoy the new look!

  • June, 1999
    Steve Tufte has left UW to take a faculty position at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.

  • November, 1998
    The extention to -30 degrees is complete. See the map below for WHAM coverage.

  • February 3, 1998
    The main portion of the WHAM survey is completed!
    In just over a year, WHAM has observed all points in the sky above declination -20 degrees. We are now pushing further south to -30 degrees declination in H-Alpha and re-observing some blocks which may have been looked at on nights with less than ideal sky conditions. We will also be obtaining data from the Galaxy in other spectral lines like [S II] and [N II].

  • January 9, 1997
    The H-Alpha survey begins.

  • December 12, 1996
    First remote light! Steve Tufte ran the telescope for two successive nights from Madison, Wisconsin without a hitch.

  • December 7, 1996
    First light at Kitt Peak.

  • November 19, 1996
    WHAM arrived at Kitt Peak and was set on its pad between the 2.1-meter and Solar telescopes. Everything seems to have made the trip just fine and we are on track for the survey to begin in January.

  • November 14, 1996
    WHAM was loaded onto a flatbed truck and shipped to Arizona.

  • August, 1996
    The first WHAM map of the Galaxy is collected.

  • January 24, 1996
    WHAM took its first spectra of the Galaxy.

  • January 2, 1996
    Calibration images were taken for the first time at Pine Bluff. The spectrometer has been tested extensively and is working as expected. No problems have been detected after the move to Pine Bluff.

  • November 7, 1995
    WHAM was installed at Pine Bluff Observatory near Madison, WI.