Space Studies Observatory
As the lead observatory in astronomy research and education in North Dakota, we are paving the way to building dynamic astronomy infrastructure in the state.
The UND Space Studies Observatory offers diverse observing opportunities with multiple internet-controllable telescopes. The mission of the UND Space Studies Observatory is to increase and expand the astronomical research and education infrastructure in North Dakota. As the recipient of ~$4 million annually from NASA, while also being designated as an EPSCoR state, North Dakota offers abundant opportunities to develop new research activities that will benefit the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and North Dakota.
Our primary objectives include:
- Maintaining and operating a multi-telescope, multi-wavelength facility for the conduct of research and education projects;
- Conducting complementary research projects that assist research programs at the larger national observatories;
- Offering research and education opportunities for the study of asteroids, exoplanets, variable stars, and the Sun; and
- Promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in North Dakota's colleges and K-12 schools.
Contact Dr. Fieber-Beyer with any questions.
The UND Space Studies Obsevatories are located at 1652 23rd St NE, Emerado, ND 58228. From Grand Forks:
- Drive west on Highway 2
- Turn left onto 24th St NE
- Turn left onto 17th Ave NE/County Rd 4
- Take the 2nd right onto 23rd St NE
- The observatories are about ½ mile south on the left side of the road