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Photo of the Grim Science Building with observatory on roof

The Grim Science Building.


Photo of the interior of the observatory

Inside the Observatory.


Photo of M27 planetary nebula

A photo of M27, taken at the KU Observatory.  M27 is a "planetary nebula" (remains of a burned-out star) located over 1,350 lightyears away.


Light Curve of KELT-1b and artist's representation

TOP:  The light curve of the star that is host to the KELT-1b extrasolar planet, observed at the KU Observatory.  The black dots are the observed flux with error bars and the red line is the model of the transit of the planet in front of the star.  The apparent brightness of the star dropped by ~0.6% during the transit.  KELT-1b is a planet about 10% larger than Jupiter with ~27 times the mass of Jupiter.

BOTTOM:  An artist's representation of the KELT-1b star/planet system (credit: Julia Turner - Vanderbilt University).


Plot of Kepler-16 eclipse

TOP:  A recent observation of the eclipse of the binary star that is host to Kepler-16b, the extrasolar planet nicknamed "Tatoinne" - the first planet found in orbit around a binary star pair. TOP: Data collected at the KU Observatory on 10 October 2013. The artist representation credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt.

BOTTOM: The KU Observatory's field-of-view for Kepler-16 (T1).