Wayne State Looks to the Stars with Newest Acquisition

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Remote observatory located in one of darkest places in U.S.

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Wayne State University is adding a state-of-the-art robotically controlled observatory to its assets. But, the Dan Zowada Memorial Observatory is located on 40-acres in the mountains of New Mexico. Former Michigan residents Russ and Stephanie Carroll are giving the university the land with a large telescope with dome cover. The gift also includes 10-years of funding for operation and maintenance. Chair of the Physics and Astronomy Department at Wayne State, David Cinabro, says the remotely operated facility is in a location with a very dark night sky. 

Basically it’s hundreds of miles, right between Tucson and El Paso and there’s really no large city anywhere close” -David Cinabro, WSU Chair Physics and Astronomy

Cinabro says the camera attached to the telescope is being upgraded this summer to improve picture quality. He says the 20-inch telescope is large enough to use for scientific purposes.

Click on the audio link above to hear the entire conversation between David Cinabro and WDET’s Amy Miller


Amy Miller, Reporter/Producer

Amy has been working in public and commercial radio for the last 30 yrs. She is an award winning reporter and news anchor, born and raised in Detroit.

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