Our Partners and Associates
We have great relationships with local and national organizations. Below are listed some or our partners and associates.
The LIGO acronym stands for Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, whose mission is to observe gravitational waves of cosmic origin. LIGO will search for gravitational waves created in the supernova collapse of stellar cores to form neutron stars or black holes, the collisions and coalescences of neutron stars or black holes, the wobbly rotation of neutron stars with deformed crusts and the remnants of gravitational radiation created by the birth of the universe. LIGO is a joint project of scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Map available here.
The Moore Observatory is located on the campus of the Columbia Basin College (CBC) in Pasco, Washington. Our main telescope is a 16-inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube assembly on a Paramount ME German equatorial mount. The telescope is housed in a six-meter Ash Dome on top of a 25-foot by 40-foot observatory building.
The observatory was developed through the generous donation of Robert (Bob) Moore (who passed away in early 2006) and his late wife, Elisabeth.
Our main focus is the use of the observatory as a teaching aid for our astronomy curriculum. We allow use of the observatory for public elementary, middle school, and high school programs, as well as for student and public clubs interested in astronomy. Map available here.
The Bechtel National Planetarium at CBC provides life-like, high-definition images and sound using the most state-of-the-art projection system in the Pacific Northwest. The 36-foot panoramic viewing dome can simulate a 3-D effect (without the need for strange glasses)! Map available here.
AASTA is a non-profit volunteer charitable organization working to promote scientific awareness in our educational system and among the population as a whole. AASTA assumed management and operational authority of the Rattlesnake Mountain Observatory 0.8-meter Cassegrain-style reflecting telescope in 1996. In 2009, by order of the U.S. Department of Energy, the telescope was removed from Rattlesnake Mountain. The telescope has been fully refurbished and moved to a new location near Wallula Gap. It is now operated as the Pacific Northwest Regional Observatory.
We are a nationwide coalition of amateur astronomy clubs bringing the science, technology and inspiration of NASA's missions to the general public. We share our time and telescopes to provide you with unique astronomy experiences at science museums, observatories, classrooms, and under the real night sky.