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Universities / August 1, 2015

/PRNewswire/ - College Rank has released a list of the 35 Best College Astronomy Observatories. A raw score was generated and assigned to each observatory, factoring in metrics such as house telescope availability, altitude, weather and light pollution.

The ranking can be viewed here:

Sara Moore, the article's author, had this to say regarding the ranking: "This list of observatories highlights 35 of the best facilities from around the country. Students that attend these colleges and universities are making fascinating discoveries and providing great resource information to the casual stargazer. These facilities also often put on public stargazing and astronomy programming, making them under recognized assets to their communities."

Every college and university planetarium and observatory in America was considered in this list, and many terrific facilities did not make the final cut. These 35 are extremely worthy of recognition.

Here is a list of the 35 College Observatories (In Alphabetical Order)

Agnes Scott College - Bradley Observatory

Appalachian State University - Rankin Science Observatory

Ball State University - The Charles W. Brown Planetarium

Brigham Young University - West Mountain Observatory

Butler University - Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium

Caltech - Palomar Observatory

Caltech - Owens Valley Radio Observatory

Caltech and University of California - W. M. Keck Observatory

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott Observatory Complex

Harvard University - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Haverford College - Strawbridge Observatory

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Haystack Observatory

Montgomery College - Rockville - Montgomery College Astronomical Observatory

Morehead State University - Space Science Center

New Jersey Institute of Technology - Big Bear Solar Observatory

New Mexico State University - Apache Point

Ohio Wesleyan University - Perkins Observatory

San Diego State University - Mount Laguna Observatory

Texas A&M University - Texas A&M Astronomical Observatory

Union College - Dudley Observatory

University of California at Santa Cruz - Lick Observatory

University of Arizona - Mount Graham International Observatory

University of Chicago - Yerkes Observatory

University of Colorado at Boulder - Sommers-Bausch Observatory

University of Denver - Chamberlin Observatory

University of Florida - Rosemary Hill Observatory

University of Hawaii - Haleakala Observatory

University of Pittsburgh - Allegheny Observatory

University of Texas at Austin - McDonald Observatory

University of New Mexico - Capilla Peak Observatory

US Naval Academy - US Naval Academy Observatory

Vanderbilt University - Dyer Observatory

Vassar College - Class of 1951 Vassar College Observatory

Wellesley College - Whitin Observatory

Williams College - Hopkins Observatory

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