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."

  • 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).


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