Moore Observatory

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Moore Observatory
Organization University of Louisville
Location Oldham County, Kentucky
Coordinates 38°20′40″N 85°31′44″W / 38.34444°N 85.52889°W / 38.34444; -85.52889Coordinates: 38°20′40″N 85°31′44″W / 38.34444°N 85.52889°W / 38.34444; -85.52889
Altitude 230 meters (750 ft)
Established 1978 (1978)
Website Moore Observatory
unnamed telescope 0.6 m reflector
unnamed telescope 0.5 m reflector
Moore Observatory is located in the US
Moore Observatory
Location of Moore Observatory

Moore Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by University of Louisville (U of L). It is located on the Horner Wildlife Refuge in Oldham County, Kentucky (USA) approximately 20 kilometers (12 mi) northeast of Louisville. It opened in 1978, and was dedicated to Walter Lee Moore, a Professor of Mathematics at U of L from 1929 to 1967.[1]

Moore Observatory is a research and advanced teaching facility of the University of Louisville. The observatory operates two research telescopes at the site, and a companion telescope at Mount Kent near Toowoomba, Australia. The observatory is located on the 200 acres (0.81 km2) Horner Wildlife Refuge. The Horner Family donated this land to the U of L in the early 1960s and another 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of the original farm surrounds the preserve.[1]


  • A 0.6 m (24 in) Ritchey–Chrétien telescope manufactured by RC Optical Systems was installed in August 2006. It is currently used to measure transiting exoplanets.[2] Other research performed with the telescope includes observing the physical process of nebula.[3]
  • Two identical 0.5 m (20 in) modified Dall–Kirkham telescopes at Moore Observatory and at Mount Kent are collaboratively operated by U of L and the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).[4] They were built by Planewave Instruments and installed in 2006. They are used for education, public astronomy outreach, and target of opportunity research. The telescopes are interfaced to Internet2, and are operated remotely by students from Kentucky public schools, undergraduate and graduate students at U of L, and students at USQ. This arrangement allows students to study the southern night sky during the day and the Australian students to study the northern night sky during their day.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "History". Astronomy at the University of Louisville. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  2. ^ "University of Louisville Research Telescope". Astronomy at the University of Louisville. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  3. ^ Huber, Jeremy; Kielkopf, J. F. (2011). "Physical Processes in the Rosette Nebula". American Astronomical Society. 218: 12917. Bibcode:2011AAS...21812917H. 
  4. ^ "Shared Skies Partnership Project". Astronomy at the University of Louisville. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 
  5. ^ "University of Louisville Remote/Robotic Telescope". Astronomy at the University of Louisville. Retrieved 2012-02-01. 

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