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Mission and Background

The ONU Observatory has a mission to educate and inspire the students of Ohio Northern University, as well as the surrounding community, about the exciting and rapidly evolving science of astronomy.

Planning of the ONU Observatory began around 2003, while its construction occurred between March and September, 2010.  The observatory is primarily used by ONU students in physics and astronomy classes, faculty,  and by the ONU Astronomy Club. However, it is also opened up for public events on a semi-regular basis.


The ONU Observatory is located on the Northwest side of campus (see maps).  Parking is located in the Wander Baseball Field lot just off of Lincoln Avenue.

ONU campus map (N is right).

Interactive Ada map (N is up).

Visiting the Observatory

Picture Gallery 

ONU Observatory Viewed from West in winter
Student using 12-inch.
Interior showing translucent roof panels
The Big Dipper (Ursa Major) visible from inside of the observatory with the roof rolled back
Roof animation.
Transit of Venus event.
The entrance during a public event.
Klondike visits by day.
Wishful thinking.

Contact Observatory Manager
Dr. Jason Pinkney (Professor of Physics and Astronomy)
Office: 419-772-2740     (Science Annex 111)
Observatory: 419-772-4028
 Science Annex 111
  Pinkney's Homepage

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