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Frank Herbert Loud

Colorado College's first mathematics professor, Frank Loud, was also an avid astronomer who developed many astronomy and meteorology programs at CC and in the Springs. The recently published article, "Advancing Astronomy on the American Frontier: The Career of Frank Herbert Loud" by Steve Ruskin gives the details of his fascinating career.


Welcome to the Colorado College Astronomy website! This site is designed to provide you with the information necessary to participate in astronomy at Colorado College.

If you are interested in taking an astronomy course, you can check out the course catalog here. The Physics Department offers a variety of astronomy courses ranging from PC131: Cultural Astronomy of the Southwest, which takes an anthropological and sociological approach to the study of astronomy, to PC363: Observational Astronomy, which is geared towards advanced physics students and teaches students how to reduce and analyze astronomical data and apply probability and statistics to astronomical observations. If you are interested in a more advanced study of astronomy, the Physics Department at Colorado College offers an Astrophysics based track, which enables a student to take the classes necessary to continue onto graduate school in astrophysics.

The observatory is only available to students who have been certified to use it. If you are interested in using the observatory or any of its resources, you will need to take an astronomy course that will certify you to use the telescope. These courses are: PC132, PC133, and PC362, and you can read more about them here.

If you are certified to use the telescope, and would like to schedule a time to use the observatory, please contact the Physics Department Paraprofessional, you can find their email here. 


Colorado College is partnered with the Wyoming Infrared Observatory (WIRO)

Search the largest database of astrophysics research at Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Read about current astronomy related subjects and news at Sky and Telescope Online

Find general astronomical information in the Handbook of Space Astronomy & Astrophysics by Martin V. Zombeck

Get a new astronomy picture daily at Astronomy Picture of the Day