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  • $325 RAISED
  • 3 DONORS


  • Katrina Eddy $100.00
  • Laura Anders $100.00
  • Laura Anders $125.00

Support the MSU Observatory

The MSU Observatory hosts a 24 inch telescope, along with a number of smaller scopes, and is a hub for public outreach and research activity. From April to November, we are open to the public for night sky viewing opportunities and special activity nights, enabling the Lansing community to appreciate planets, stars, and nebulae in a larger educational context.

Year-round, we engage 10–20 undergraduates in research at the Observatory, collecting data on binary stars and transiting exoplanets through the MSU Observatory Research Program (MORP). MORP students receive hands-on training in cutting-edge science, build a vibrant and supportive community, and form the workforce powering public events at the Observatory. 

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

MSU Observatory’s public programs are led by volunteers and supported by donations, and currently reach about 2000 people each year. Your gift will enable us to keep these events open, staffed, and filled with exciting educational content. Donations will be used to keep our telescopes in tip-top shape and to fund hands-on activities that are fun for the whole family!

Project Budget

$5 – purchases supplies to enable 10 children to do an educational hands-on activity.

$100 – funds a new eyepiece for a telescope.

$1000 – helps update the software that runs our telescopes.

Who We Are

MSU Observatory is run by two professors in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, Laura Chomiuk and Joey Rodriguez. MORP students are MSU astrophysics majors with passions for astronomy research and giving back to their community.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 24GGDCF1OBSV” in the note section.

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