Roof-top facility will offer unique telescope experiences to students and astrophysicists.

The Jordan Hall Observatory sits atop the third floor and features a research-class telescope equipped with a full suite of modern instrumentation contained in its own dome. The telescope serves as a training and research tool for Notre Dame students who position research-grade CCD (charge coupling device) cameras to take images of distant stars, nebulae, supernovae, and galaxies. The CCD imagers are equipped with a filter set that will allow astrophysicists to view astronomical objects in several distinct wavelengths of light (colors), allowing them to isolate specific constituents of star-forming regions and distant galaxies.

As a training tool, the observatory functions like any professional astronomical observatory. It is computer-controlled and, unlike many of its larger brethren, capable of being remotely controlled via the Internet. The observatory also includes a number of smaller telescopes for student use in larger introductory astronomy courses, some of which will make use of CCD cameras, digital video cameras for live viewing, and solar filters to enable students to view the sun in great detail. These telescopes allow students to view objects within the solar system, our own Milky Way galaxy, and our galactic neighbors.

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