Carthage Digital Planetarium
The Carthage College planetarium contains a Spitz SciDome HD dual-projector theater system for high-resolution scientific visualization. In addition to producing digital simulations of the sky, the SciDome HD system can create virtual trips through space, and allows students in the introductory astronomy class the opportunity to interact directly with the planetarium sky using the SciTouch infrared laser-based remote control. The SciDome HD system can also be used to display immersive and interactive visuals of the earth system. As a theater system, the Carthage planetarium can be used to exhibit specially-formatted films for full-dome screens. This facility features a 24-foot dome and can seat 30 people.
The Carthage Institute of Astronomy’s Griffin Observatory
The Carthage Institute of Astronomy’s Griffin Observatory is located at Kenosha’s Kemper Center, 6501 Third Ave. The Griffin Observatory allows adventurers to see the universe from a historic setting, using modern technology. Following a four-year renovation, the 19th century astronomy laboratory has taken on new life as a stargazing, teaching and recreation facility.
Microgravity Research Area
The Straz 79 laboratory includes a dedicated research area for the Carthage Microgravity Program and Team. Equipment also includes vacuum pumps and chambers, electronic and computing devices, optical tables, and engineering design tools such as SolidWorks CAD software.
Astronomy Research Facilities
The Carthage Physics and Astronomy Department has associations with many regional and national observatories, giving Carthage students access to the best astronomical research and observing equipment. Students have the opportunity to use telescopes at the nearby Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wis.; Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona; and the Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona, among other facilities.