Prescott Observatory

Prescott’s Observatory Named in CollegeRank’s Top 35 List

The Embry-Riddle Prescott Observatory Complex was recently ranked No. 8 on CollegeRank.net’s list of the nation’s Top 35 Best College Astronomy Observatories, up from No. 17 last year.The four main criteria used in determining the rankings were: Telescopes, altitude, weather and light pollution. 

Measuring between 12 and 14 inches in diameter, Prescott’s telescope is used for collection and analysis of astronomical data for student research as well as public showings. The observatory is currently in the process of adding a new, larger telescope as well as a large radio telescope array.

“These additions and improvements are the handiwork of our excellent space physics department,” said Dr. Frank Ayers, chancellor of the Prescott Campus. 

"We're really proud of our Prescott Observatory," said Dr. Darrel Smith, department chair and professor of physics for the College of Arts and Sciences. "With the newly mounted telescope, we're able to improve the quality of our exoplanet measurements. Our observatory is really coming of age."

CollegeRank.com analyzes every aspect of student life on higher education campuses.

Read more about the designation on collegerank.net/amazing-college-observatories/.

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