The Department of Physics & Astronomy, Teaching Observatory is a nationally ranked observatory offering courses in observational astronomy to undergraduate students at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas as well as advanced observing instruction, research and outreach.
The Observatory grounds were first used in the early 1970's with the first permanent observing structure built in 1975 and the original observatory facility completed in 1981. Upgraded and expanded facilities were completed in August, 2003. The Observatory proper is now home to 5 observatories, a classroom, and an observing deck for the observational astronomy course. The aesthetics of the facilities have attracted movie companies and professional photographers alike over the years.
Students taking the observational course get hands-on experience and a unique learning experience that will last a lifetime. Learning the night sky, coordinate systems and finding objects using a telescope open the wonders of the universe. Many of our students incorporate what they learn into a life-long hobby and even building their own observatory. Running into former students at star parties around the country who have taken the course is very common. Several students have even been awarded summer internships at the National Observatories in various astronomical disciplines after taking the course. Whatever your ambitions in astronomy, we can help you get started.
Our facilities and programs have also become a valuable resource for astronomical studies and outreach to the communities of Bryan and College Station. We also work regularly with individuals, organizations, youth groups and educators to build better science and astronomy programs throughout the State.