LOWELL OBSERVATORY RECEIVES $1.4 MILLION IN GRANTS FROM KEMPER AND ETHEL MARLEY FOUNDATION
Flagstaff, AZ. – The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation of Phoenix is supporting Lowell Observatory’s research and education efforts with a three-part grant totaling $1.4 million. The largest fraction of monies will support 70 nights of research by Lowell astronomers with the Observatory’s Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT). The remainder will pay for facility upgrades and long-range planning efforts.
Lowell is undertaking an unprecedented period of growth in both its research and education efforts. The DCT is operating at full capacity and, thanks in part to this funding from the Marley Foundation, astronomers at Lowell are kicking off a new era of exploration with projects ranging from the study of exoplanets planets and characterization of asteroids and comets, to deciphering the evolutionary history of stars and galaxies.
Meanwhile, public interest in the Observatory and its educational programs has skyrocketed, with record numbers of people visiting Lowell for the second consecutive year. Current visitor and support facilities need to be expanded to accommodate this growth and, with the guidance of some of the world’s leading consultants, the Observatory is nearing completion of a facilities master planning effort to ...