Welcome to the UND Observatory! As the leader in astronomy research and education
in North Dakota, the UND Observatory is leading the way to building a dynamic and
growing astronomy infrastructure in North Dakota. The UND Observatory is the only
active astronomical observatory in North Dakota and offers diverse observing opportunities
with multiple Internet-controllable telescopes.
The mission of the UND 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
The primary objectives that the UND 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.
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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 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!