Two Colorado College Observatories Among Best In Nation


May 18, 2015 – College Rank has released a list of the 35 Best College Astronomy Observatories and both the University of Colorado at Boulder – Sommers-Bausch Observatory and the University of Denver – Chamberlin Observatory are ranked among the best in the nation.

“This list of observatories highlights 35 of the best facilities from around the country,” said Sara Moore, the article’s author. “Students that attend these colleges and universities are making fascinating discoveries and providing great resource information to the casual stargazer. These facilities also often put on public stargazing and astronomy programming, making them under recognized assets to their communities.”

A raw score was generated and assigned to each observatory, factoring in metrics such as house telescope availability, altitude, weather and light pollution. Every college and university planetarium and observatory in the United States was considered in this list, and many terrific facilities did not make the final cut.

Here is a list of the 35 College Observatories (In Alphabetical Order)

  • Agnes Scott College – Bradley Observatory
  • Appalachian State University – Rankin Science Observatory
  • Ball State University – The Charles W. Brown Planetarium
  • Brigham Young University – West Mountain Observatory
  • Butler University – Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium
  • Caltech – Palomar Observatory
  • Caltech – Owens Valley Radio Observatory
  • Caltech and University of California – W. M. Keck Observatory
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott Observatory Complex
  • Harvard University – Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Haverford College – Strawbridge Observatory
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Haystack Observatory
  • Montgomery College – Rockville – Montgomery College Astronomical Observatory
  • Morehead State University – Space Science Center
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology – Big Bear Solar Observatory
  • New Mexico State University – Apache Point
  • Ohio Wesleyan University – Perkins Observatory
  • San Diego State University – Mount Laguna Observatory
  • Texas A&M University – Texas A&M Astronomical Observatory
  • Union College – Dudley Observatory
  • University of California at Santa Cruz – Lick Observatory
  • University of Arizona – Mount Graham International Observatory
  • University of Chicago – Yerkes Observatory
  • University of Colorado at Boulder – Sommers-Bausch Observatory
  • University of Denver – Chamberlin Observatory
  • University of Florida – Rosemary Hill Observatory
  • University of Hawaii – Haleakala Observatory
  • University of Pittsburgh – Allegheny Observatory
  • University of Texas at Austin – McDonald Observatory
  • University of New Mexico – Capilla Peak Observatory
  • US Naval Academy – US Naval Academy Observatory
  • Vanderbilt University – Dyer Observatory
  • Vassar College – Class of 1951 Vassar College Observatory
  • Wellesley College – Whitin Observatory
  • Williams College – Hopkins Observatory
  • To read more about each observatory, visit: