Funded with a $500,000 gift from the Oakley Foundation in Terre Haute, Oakley Observatory houses eight permanently mounted telescopes. The telescopes include a 6-inch Clark refractor, an 8-inch Fecker reflector, and six Celestron Schmidt-Cassegrain optical systems. Each pier has parallel, serial and Internet connections along with electrical outlets.
Located in the woods on the east side of campus, the observatory opened in 2000 to serve faculty, students and community residents who have an interest in astronomy. From the Oakley Observatory, students can also remotely operate telescopes in the Southern Sky Observatory in Australia.
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IAU Observatory Code: 916
Latitude: 39° 29° 2° North
Longitude: 87° 18° 59° West
Elevation: 178 m
Oakley Observatory Clear Sky Chart
For a current astronomer's forecast, follow this link. It shows when it will be cloudy or clear for up to two days. This is important information if you're hoping to look through a telescope!
The mission of the Oakley Observatory at Rose-Hulman is to provide our students with the opportunity to enrich their education through a hands-on experience in astronomy and to serve as an astronomical resource for the local community.
It is our belief that most people have a natural curiosity about the world in which we live, a particular interest in astronomical events, and an awe of the beauty and majesty of the universe. This is certainly true of Rose-Hulman students who are technically and scientifically oriented. It is the role of the Oakley Observatory to provide a means for our students to pursue their interest and curiosity.
The Oakley Observatory at Rose-Hulman will serve students enrolled in our astronomy and directed research courses. The observatory also serves the Rose-Hulman Astronomical Society, which consists of students from all majors who are interested in astronomy. And finally, the observatory serves the faculty and staff of Rose-Hulman and residents of Wabash valley who have an interest in astronomy. We regularly host star parties for the local community. We also host classes from local schools.