Scientists, students and amateur astronomers can see the bands and Great Red Spot of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, distant galaxies, the formation of new stars, and much more through the main telescope, which features a 27.5-inch diameter mirror. The observatory is 16 feet high and sits atop Roger Bacon Hall. The rooftop viewing platform also has permanent mounts for five smaller telescopes.
The observatory opened for use in September 2018, and was formally dedicated on November 10.
“We can see galaxies that are millions of light years away with this telescope. Astronomy has a really broad appeal for so many people. It's very visual; the sizes and scales of things are just amazing. It's just a great way to bring people into science." -- Rose A. Finn, Ph.D., professor of physics and astronomy and director of the observatory project