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W.M. Keck Observatory “Top Coolest College Observatories”

I just had an email sent to me alerting me that W.M. Keck Observatory was voted the “Top Coolest College Observatory” by there standards and I just have to wonder if they forgot that it’s probably also one of the “Coldest”.

Mauna Kea

Image by chogenbo via Flickr

We’ve put together a list of some of the most beautiful, powerful and historic college observatories out there, but if your school’s observatory doesn’t appear, don’t fret: the list is by no means comprehensive. On it, students will find a variety of observatories, some located on college campuses and others in remote locations where the view of the night sky is a little clearer. What all of them have in common, however, is that you don’t have to be an astronomy major to appreciate just how cool they are and what they may be able to teach us about our solar system and the mysterious universe beyond it.

  1. W. M. Keck Observatory, Caltech and University of California: Located on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii, this observatory boasts two of the largest telescopes in the world, each with lens 33 feet in diameter. While not on the campus of Caltech or U of C, the observatory could still be worth a visit for students interested in astronomy, and not just for its proximity to the beaches of this tropical paradise. Keck has some of the most cutting-edge tools in the world, being used to research and explore the outer reaches of our galaxy, and attracts leading scientists from both colleges and organizations like NASA.

More here: The 10 Coolest College Observatories