Astronomical Exploration and Discovery

Sponsor Lowell Observatory astronomers’ scientific discoveries. Our astronomers study a myriad of astronomical targets, from dwarf galaxies to comets and exoplanets. You can fund a night or create a fund that endows astronomical discoveries in perpetuity. Contact us to learn how you can make a difference.

Post–Doctoral Fellows

Sponsor a post-doctoral fellow. These newly-minted PhDs launch their careers at Lowell Observatory by supporting the research of Lowell astronomers. By supporting a post-doc, you’re investing in future discoveries. You can fund a portion of a post-doc’s years at Lowell Observatory or create an endowment to fund post-doctoral fellows in perpetuity. Contact us to learn how you can make a difference.

Image Credit: Barandi/NAU/Lowell Obs./NSF

Fund a night of exploration at the Discovery Channel Telescope

Your gift underwrites a night of astronomical research at the Discovery Channel Telescope. You choose the date. We inform you of the research conducted on your night and any resulting discoveries. You will be cited as a source of support for the discoveries. Contact us for more information about funding a night of exploration and discovery at the Discovery Channel Telescope.

Image Credit: Massey/Neugent/Lowell Obs./NSF

Transformative Instrumentation

IGRINS, the Immersion Grating Infrared Spectrometer, has come to Lowell Observatory’s Discovery Channel Telescope. IGRINS is like no other spectrometer available today. Developed by the University of Texas at Austin and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, IGRINS captures infrared light that is invisible to our eyes and dissects it in extremely fine detail, recording the output on state-of-the-art semi-conductor detectors. What makes IGRINS unique is that it uses new technology to capture a large portion of the infrared band pass in a single exposure.

The revolutionary capabilities of IGRINS coupled with the ample light-gathering power of Lowell Observatory’s Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) available in large time allocations to Lowell Astronomers will be transformative. Contact us to find out how you can help fund discoveries using this instrument.

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