Project: Great Basin Observatory
Estimated Cost $500,000
Great Basin National Park, the University of Nevada at Reno, Western Nevada College, and Great Basin National Park Foundation have formed a partnership to build and operate the Great Basin Observatory. We have executed a Memorandum of Understanding that involves all partners in planning, operating, and maintaining the facility for the benefit of students, scholars, and Park visitors.
The cost for construction and state-of-the-art telescopic and camera equipment is under $500,000. Already $125,000 has been pledged to the campaign by the Great Basin National Heritage Area and a Foundation Board member in matching funds.
The Great Basin Observatory will enable researchers to explore fundamental questions about our universe. Its flexible design will allow us to meet a wide variety of research goals and adapt to changes in the field of astronomy. The ability to control the telescope remotely will allow students and researchers from all over the globe to participate in important astronomical observations.
With this telescope, we will:
- Explore fundamental questions about our universe
- Network with observatories around the world
- Discover Earth-like planets, black holes and gamma ray bursts
- Open doors for scientific study to students at all levels
- Witness rare events such as supernovae in real time
- Share the wonders of the cosmos with Park and On-Line Visitors
Total Price $500,000