Physics & Astronomy Lab, Observatory Control Room & Workshop

A suite of rooms on the fifth floor of the College of Arts & Sciences building makes up the home for the university’s new astronomical observatory. These rooms include the Physics and Astronomy Lab, the Observatory Control Room, and the Observatory Workshop.

These facilities help support the newest additions to the university’s Physical Sciences department, the 1-m telescope and the six roof observing stations for smaller telescopes. The Physics and Astronomy Lab supports a variety of classes taught by the Department of Physical Sciences, as well as provides a space for the design and development of instrumentation for the telescopes used here. The lab space is also used by the Amateur Astronomy Club for club meetings.  

The Observatory Control Room houses the computer equipment that controls the astronomical instruments attached to the university’s 1-meter telescope. There are also large displays on the wall for viewing current images from the telescope, weather conditions, and cloud cover.

This equipment is maintained on-site using the Observatory Workshop. Here, faculty and staff can work on and maintain telescopes, cameras, and other support instrumentation and hardware.  

Lab Information

Location: COAS 501, 501.1, 501.4 (respectively)

Contact Us: To speak to someone about this lab or any of our facilities, call us at 386-226-6100 or 800-862-2416, or email