Located at the southeast corner of the Valparaiso University campus, the VU Observatory houses a 16 inch, computer-controlled reflecting telescope used for undergraduate instruction and research under the direction of Professor Bruce Hrivnak. Data are acquired from a variety of stellar objects using a spectrophotometer and a CCD camera. Students work on the analysis of this data in a small attached building as well as in the Neils Science Center.
Frequent open house sessions are scheduled. Many students and community members visit the VU Observatory for these events.