4 of the best US university observatories
Where are the best places for students to stargaze? Source: Jeremy Bishop/Unsplash

For students who love to stargaze and are open to the cosmic world of astronomy, this article is for you!

This month, there’s plenty to see in the solar system. From the Pole Star to a supermoon, the view from a professional telescope can capture many astrological wonders.

If you’re currently studying in the US or are aiming to study there, check out these four innovative observatories at various universities around the country that provide progressive facilities:

Pine Mountain Observatory – University of Oregon 

With a primary research function, Pine Mountain at the University of Oregon is also open to educational events and community stargazing sessions from time to time.

Perched on the top of a scenic mountain at an elevation of 6,300 feet, the location is ideal for student astronomers who want to make the most of the Eastern Oregon high desert dark skies.

Big Bear Solar Observatory – New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

Last year, the Big Bear Solar Observatory in NJIT installed a solar telescope that captures images of the entire disk of the sun.

By keeping technology innovations and facilities open to students, the New Jersey Institute of Technology takes astronomers on an awe-inspiring adventure and broadens scientific minds.

Lick Observatory – University of California 

By granting University of California students the chance to attend educational workshops, learners gain exclusive access to the Kast spectrograph on the Shane 3-m reflector, the Hamilton spectrometer on the Coude Auxiliary Telescope (CAT) and direct CCD imaging with a Nickel 1-m reflector.

Additionally, the UC observatory promises introductory lectures, interactive observation planning sessions and valuable networking opportunities.

MaunaKea Observatories – University of Hawaii

These independent astronomical research facilities and large telescope observatories in Hawaii are terrific centres for inquisitive astronomers.

Due to the excellent stability of the atmosphere above Mauna Kea, you’re more likely to carry out detailed studies. With strong island-wide lighting, you’ll be able to observe even the faintest galaxies that lie on the edge of the universe.

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