The Lowell Amateur Research Initiative
Welcome to the Lowell Amateur Research Initiative (LARI) home page. The LARI program hopes to engage the ever-growing and technically sophisticated amateur astronomy community in some exciting research projects with Lowell astronomers.
A passionate researcher, Percival Lowell always sought to communicate new ideas and the joy of astronomy research to the public. In that same spirit, LARI brings together professional and amateur astronomers in a way that affords interested amateurs an opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research and potentially make significant contributions to science. Amateurs can help Lowell astronomers in their work and help create dedicated research teams. LARI will expand Lowell Observatory’s education and public outreach missions, and promote greater awareness of astronomy and related sciences.
Currently, Lowell astronomers are conducting several projects that would benefit from the participation of amateur astronomers. These projects span a broad range of technical skills and knowledge from taking very deep images of galaxies to monitoring small stars for transient events to data mining. After getting a sense of your skills and interests, we will do our best to match you with the appropriate researcher and project.
Get started by perusing our amateur research entries. When you find the one(s) that interest you, sign up using our online form, tell us about yourself and what you would like to do. Soon, we hope to see you actively participating in research with a Lowell Astronomer.
I would like help identifying Lowell Observatory's historic scientific instruments. Lowell Observatory has more than 500 scientific instruments that date back to the institution's early days, and we have been working with a photographer to…read more →
I would like help in compiling good on-line photometric measurements of selected stars. Ultra-high-resolution observations of hundreds of stars with optical interferometers have determined their 1 to 3 milliarcsecond sizes to a precision of 10…read more →
I would like to improve the orbits of Centaurs and Kuiper Belt Objects. Centaurs and KBOs often have relatively short orbital arcs. As a result, their orbital elements are inaccurate, resulting in inaccurate sky-plane position.…read more →
The American Associate of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) is an international non-profit organization of variable star observers whose mission is to observe and analyze variable stars, to collect and archive observations for worldwide access, to forge…read more →