Using the Observatory

Observatory / Using the Observatory

Calvin University has two observatories: one in Grand Rapids, and one in Rehoboth, New Mexico. Working with our accomplished professors, our student researchers use our elegant telescopes to gather data and take pictures of objects hundreds of light years away.

But you don't have to be a researcher to use the telescopes. In our astronomy classes, you'll use the telescopes for a class project. Choose a stellar object, take pictures of it, then study it. You can also apply to become a student observer, where you'll get paid to help in scientific discovery and open the observatory to the public. On clear weeknights, student observers open the doors to students and the public, sharing in the wonders of the Michigan sky.

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