CfA Resources for the Public
Welcome to CfA's resource page where a wide variety of information is
available to everyone who is interested in our work in astronomy and
astrophysics. Here current scientific knowledge is demonstrated by
innovative educational tools and programs that afford exciting learning
experiences for the public.
- Chandra X-ray Center: Public Information & Education
In addition to the science results and images from the Chandra
Observatory (NASA's flagship for X-ray astronomy) released by the
Chandra X-ray Center (operated for NASA by SAO), other resources offered
by the Chandra website include the "Chandra Chronicles," a variety of
web-based and printed educational and outreach materials, and the
opportunity to "Ask an Astrophysicist."
- MicroObservatory Online Telescopes
Designed to provide students and teachers nationwide
the tools to investigate the deep sky from the classroom, this
NSF-sponsored project, with in-kind contributions from Eastman Kodak
Company and Apple Computer, endeavors to create a "virtual community."
- Project Astro
Students throughout the United States participate in the
Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) astronomy education program
developed to maintain interest in science through partnerships between
teachers and astronomers.
- Universe Forum
Located at CfA and sponsored by NASA, the Universe Forum―part of the
greater NASA Education and Public Outreach community―provides
educational opportunities that bring exploration of the structure and
evolution of the universe to students, teachers, and the public with the
resources of NASA's space science programs.
- Events for the Public
The public is invited to attend CfA's Observatory Nights―at 7:30 pm
on the third Thursday of every month―held in Phillips Auditorium, at
the CfA, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, at which a member of scientific
staff will present an educational lecture, followed by telescopic
observing, if weather permits.
- The Visitors Center at Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory
Open to the public on weekdays, the Visitors Center at Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) features
displays and exhibits on astronomy and astrophysics, natural science,
and cultural history. In addition, "star parties," offering lectures and
telescopic viewing, are held quarterly for the public; reserved-seat bus
tours for visitors are conducted three times a week from early spring to
late fall; and the "Astronomy Vista" provides amateur astronomers (and
their telescopes) a special observing site at 1524 meters (5000 feet).