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Clarkson's View of the Stars

Clarkson's Reynolds Observatory is located on the grounds of the Potsdam Airport. The observatory is home to a 12” f/10 Meade telescope and a Takahashi astrograph, both of which are mounted on an Astro-Physics 1600GTO mount. The observatory equipment has photometric and spectroscopic measurement capabilities.

Observatory Status

The observatory is operating in science-only mode and is therefore closed to the public until further notice. Scheduled public outreach events will be posted to the Clarkson event calendar.

The Skies of Winter

The most prominent constellation of winter is Orion, which is recognizable to most people. Just under the eastern-most belt star, Alnitak, is the Horsehead Nebula. In Orion's sword lies the Orion Nebula, which is visible to the naked eye and looks like a fuzzy star. The Orion Nebula is a star-forming region close in space to Earth.

Department Spotlight

Jan Scrimgeour

Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Physics Jan Scrimgeour was recently awarded a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for $541,591. Scrimgeour was awarded the grant for use on his project titled “CAREER: Understanding the Structure and Function of the Endothelial Glycocalyx through Single Molecule Visualization.” Read More.