Welcome to the UND Space Studies Observatory! As the leader in astronomy research
and education in North Dakota, the UND Space Studies Observatory is leading the
way to building a dynamic and growing astronomy infrastructure in North Dakota.
The UND Space Studies Observatory is the only active astronomical observatory in
North Dakota and offers diverse observing opportunities with multiple Internet-controllable
The mission of the UND Space Studies Observatory is to increase and expand the astronomical
research and education infrastructure in North Dakota. As the recipient of only
~$4 million annually from NASA while also being designated as an EPSCoR state, North
Dakota offers abundant opportunities to develop aggressive, ground-breaking, and
new research activities that will benefit the University of North Dakota, Grand
Forks, and North Dakota
The primary objectives that the UND Space Studies Observatory pursues to accomplish
its mission include: 1) maintaining and operating a multi-telescope, multi-wavelength
facility for the conduct of research and education projects; 2) conducting complementary
research projects that assist research programs at the larger national observatories,
3) offer research and education opportunities for the study of asteroids, variable
stars, and the Sun, and 4) promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
(STEM) education in North Dakota’s colleges and K-12 schools.
Current and expanding astronomy research efforts in North Dakota include asteroid
near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopic research, solar physics research; broadband photometric
research of asteroids and variable stars; and visible-wavelength stellar spectroscopy.
Through partnership with the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC) and the
North Dakota NASA EPSCoR programs, the UND Space Studies Observatory is working
to promote a primary Research Focus Area (RFA) in North Dakota, which is to increase
and expand astronomical and planetary science research in the state.
Contact Dr. Paul S. Hardersen at Hardersen@space.edu
or at (701) 777-4896 with any questions.
Only through increasing participation from faculty, students, teachers, and the
citizens of North Dakota can we accomplish our goals. Join us today!