Founded in 2000 through a grant from the Oakley Foundation, the observatory features a wide variety of telescopes and other equipment necessary for the study of the night sky.
The mission of the Oakley Observatory is to enrich student education through hands-on experience in astronomy and to serve as an astronomical resource for the local community.
We believe people have a natural curiosity about the world, 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. The Oakley Observatory is here to let our students pursue their interests and curiosities.
The Oakley Observatory at Rose-Hulman serves
- Students enrolled in our astronomy and directed research courses.
- The Rose-Hulman Astronomical Society, which consists of students from all majors who are interested in astronomy.
- 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.