Partnerships with observatories nationwide
The Carthage Institute of Astronomy provides faculty and students with opportunities to conduct research on large research telescopes at observatories nationwide including:
- Kitt Peak National Observatory
- Steward Observatory of the University of Arizona
- Yerkes Observatory of the University of Chicago
The Institute maintains partnerships with these institutions, as well as national and international research programs, including the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Carthage students and faculty regularly present research at national and international conferences.
Programs for the public at Griffin Observatory
The Institute is heavily engaged in public education and outreach. It operates the Griffin Observatory near the Carthage campus in Kenosha, Wis., where regularly scheduled public programs are held, school and Scout groups have the opportunity to gain experiences in astronomy, and Carthage students can conduct observations.
The observatory, located on the grounds of the Kemper Center, a former girls’ school in Kenosha, was originally constructed in the late 19th century, and recently underwent a complete restoration bringing its capability up to modern research standards. Currently the observatory houses an 11-inch Celestron telescope on an Astrophysics 900GTO mount, and has cameras and other accessories available for both visual and imaging programs. The facility was designed to accommodate larger and more capable instruments in the future.
Programs for students at the Carthage Planetarium
The College planetarium, located in the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences on campus, conducts programs for students of all ages. Equipped with a Digitalis projector, the facility delivers high-resolution digital program in many disciplines.
Partnership with Appalachian Mountain Club to reach thousands
Since 2012, Carthage College has managed a public astronomy and nature education and outreach program in partnership with the Applachian Mountain Club with financial support from the National Science Foundation. Reaching more than 10,000 members of the public, the program also trains nature and outdoors educators in astronomy, and engages Carthage physics and astronomy students as interns and mentors, developing their skills in science communication. Visit the AMC & Carthage Astronomy Facebook page for program schedules and astronomy information.
Galileoscope Program supplies low-cost telescopes around the world
Carthage is a major partner in the Galileoscope program, initiated during the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, to bring low-cost, high-quality telescopes to people around the world. Galileoscope has already delivered more than 200,000 telescopes to nearly 100 countries, and the program provided more than 7,000 telescopes donated to Third World regions.