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Observatory

observatoryThe Egan Observatory is an extension of Whitaker Hall. The observatory provides opportunities for students and community members to gain an intimate view of the stars and cosmic wonders of the universe.  Named after the late Evelyn L. Egan, a Ft. Myers resident, the observatory was built to house the state-of-the-art research-quality telescope we have on campus. 

The observatory has a 16-inch Ritchey Chretien reflection telescope, which has the same optical design as the Hubble Space Telescope.  There are also 5 additional computerized, portable telescopes available for use in our astronomy classes.  The observatory is utilized by faculty and students for teaching and research purposes and hosts a variety of community outreach events.