The Griffin Observatory is situated at the Kemper Center in Kenosha, Wis. The renovation of the Kemper Center’s observatory was a joint project of Carthage College, the Kemper Center and Kenosha County.
NOAO is the U.S. national research and development center for ground-based, night-time astronomy.
Carthage has been a major partner in the Galileoscope program initiated during the 2009 International Year of Astronomy, to bring low cost, high quality telescopes to people around the world. Galileoscope has already delivered more than 200,000 telescopes to nearly 100 countries, and the program provided more than 7,000 telescopes donated to Third World regions.
The Carthage Institute of Astronomy is working with the Appalachian Mountain Club in a new program in public education and outreach, linking nature and outdoors education with astronomy. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the program is anticipated to reach up to 600,000 people each year. This is an innovative program that will partner Carthage staff and students with outdoors and nature experts in the northeast United States.
Celestron has generously donated several thousands of dollars worth of high-quality astronomy equipment to allow Carthage and the AMC to offer high quality programs to the public and for student research and experiential learning.
The Carthage Institute of Astronomy provides faculty and students with opportunities to conduct research on large research telescopes at:
- Kitt Peak National Observatory
- Steward Observatory of the University of Arizona
- Yerkes Observatory of the University of Chicago
The Institute maintains partnerships with these institutions, as well as national and international research programs, including the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Carthage students and faculty regularly present research at national and international conferences.