Kirkwood Observatory

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Kirkwood Observatory
Kirkwood Observatory
Kirkwood Observatory, 2006.
Organization Indiana University
Location Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.
Coordinates 39°09′57″N 86°31′34″W / 39.16583°N 86.52611°W / 39.16583; -86.52611Coordinates: 39°09′57″N 86°31′34″W / 39.16583°N 86.52611°W / 39.16583; -86.52611
Altitude 235 meters (770 ft)
Weather See the Clear Sky Clock
Established 1901
Warner & Swasey 0.3-meter (12-inch) refractor
Solar telescope heliostat, spectrograph, digital hydrogen-alpha imaging
Kirkwood Observatory is located in the US
Kirkwood Observatory
Location of Kirkwood Observatory
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Kirkwood Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Indiana University. It is located in Bloomington, Indiana, United States. It is named for Daniel Kirkwood (1814–1895) an astronomer and professor of mathematics at Indiana University who discovered the divisions of the asteroid belt known as the Kirkwood Gaps.


Built in 1900 and dedicated on May 15, 1901, the observatory was thoroughly renovated during the 2001–02 academic year. Although the facility is no longer used for research, its original refracting telescope, built by Warner & Swasey Company with a 12-inch (0.3-meter) Brashear objective lens, also received a complete restoration. The telescope is now used regularly for outreach events and occasionally for undergraduate-level classes.


Kirkwood Observatory also has an instructional solar telescope.

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  1. ^ Lauren J. Bryant. "Farseeing and Abiding at IU". Indiana University. Retrieved 6 September 2017. 

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