Funding Astronomical Exploration
Support Astronomical Discovery
Using world-class instruments like the 4.3-meter Lowell Discovery Telescope (LDT) and the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer (NPOI), Lowell Observatory’s astronomers are at the forefront of astronomical discovery. As they study the mysteries of the cosmos, they maintain a long-standing commitment to sharing discoveries with everyone–professional peers, the general public, and the next generation of scientists.
Lowell is a unique place in that it offers public access to scientists and the discoveries that are made right here. When you donate to support astronomical discovery at Lowell, you’re not just helping us continue to make these incredible breakthroughs possible—you’re also helping to inspire a new generation of researchers and astronomers.
Current Research Projects
Astronomers and planetary scientists at Lowell Observatory study everything from nearby planetary bodies to exoplanets and the most remote galaxies. Some of our current research projects include:
- Search for exoplanets forming around young stars.
- MANOS project to characterize Near Earth Objects.
- Long-term survey of dwarf galaxies to understand star formation.
Common Research Expenses
Donations fund research activities not covered by grants. Examples of research expenses include:
- Telescope operator time: $32/hour
- Software: $100 each
- Research using the 4.3-meter LDT: $10,000 per night
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Help get vital research projects off the ground by becoming a member of the Slipher Society.
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Astronomical and Planetary Research
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Historic Preservation and Archives
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