The department operates the Bell Astrophysical Observatory, located in a dark sky site 11 miles southwest of campus. The observatory contains a fully automated 24" research-grade telescope and state of the art CCD camera. This facility is used by faculty and students studying the brightness variations in quasars, searching for transits of extra-solar planets, and morphological studies of extended regions in the Milky Way and other galaxies. In addition, faculty and students make use of ground-based telescopes in Arizona and Hawaii, as well as observatories in Earth orbit such as the Hubble Space Telescope. The Institute for Astrophysics and Space Science is also a member of the University's Program of Distinction.
For additional information contact any of the astrophysics faculty members listed above.