Facebook Pixel Astrophysics | Western Kentucky University Skip to main content

Astrophysics Research

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. 


 A community of faculty, staff, and students engaged in better understanding the physical world. 

Some of the links on this page may require additional software to view.

 Last Modified 3/28/18