Physics and astronomy students at Carthage have access to the following observatories:
Carthage Institute of Astronomy
Griffin Observatory at Kemper Center
The Carthage Institute of Astronomy was initiated in 2011 concurrently with the opening of Carthage’s new Griffin Observatory. The Institute houses the astronomy and astrophysics activities at Carthage. At present these include theoretical and data-mining research in diffuse interstellar bands and the interstellar medium, cosmology, and structure of the Universe. The observational program includes imaging studies of planetary nebula structure and high-resolution imaging of solar system objects.
Kitt Peak National Observatory
Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth for nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the sun. The observatory, founded in 1958, is part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, sharing a mountaintop site with the National Solar Observatory.
Steward Observatory, University of Arizona
The University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory includes the Multiple Mirror Telescope, Mount Graham International Observatory and other telescopes in the state.
Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wis., has five research telescopes, including a 240-inch telescope, a 41-inch telescope and the largest refractor in the world. Established in 1897, the observatory is a facility of the University of Chicago’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.