East Tennessee State University is part of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy, which operates a 0.9 meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. This telescope, along with the 14-inch telescope at the Harry D. Powell Observatory near the ETSU campus, is used for astronomical research by the faculty and students of ETSU.

In addition to these two telescopes, ETSU astronomers also use a wide variety of other telescopes, including the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) , the telescopes of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the Far-Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer, and the International Ultraviolet Explorer. ETSU Astronomers are also involved in theoretical projects on a wide range of topics, including the intergalactic medium, stellar atmospheres, and hot stars.

ETSU Astronomy Program Reports in the Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society Annual Observatory Report Issues:

  • 1999-2000
  • 2000-2001
  • 2001-2002
  • 2002-2003
  • 2003-2004

    Web pages of ETSU Astronomers:

    For some images of interacting galaxies from the SARA telescope, click here.
    For more images of the SARA Observatory, click here

    Home Page of the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geology

    Last Modified: March 2, 2004 by Beverly J. Smith