Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory

About Us

The Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory (FLWO) is the largest field installation of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) outside Cambridge, MA. Since October 1968, the FLWO has been used as the site for experiments requiring extremely dark skies, dry climate, and good "optical seeing."


Science Office: Dr. Emilio Falco (520) 879-4415
Facilities: Grace Alegria (520) 879-4404
Public Affairs: Christine Pulliam (617) 495-7463
Public Tours, Lectures & Visitors Center (520) 879-4407
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