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Observing Projects

From the rings of Saturn, to pulsating stars, students can study many astronomical subjects at the UMass Lowell observatory. Undergraduates will rediscover for themselves landmark discoveries in astronomy and astrophysics. It is also possible that advanced capstone students and graduate students will make contributions to astronomical research. Compelling objects that students can study include:

Time-Domain Astronomy 
Variable stars
Pulsating stars
Eclipsing binary stars

Solar System
Planets and their moons

Exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars)
Star clusters and nebulae

And in the Radio 
GHz band: Solar activity – flares, magnetic field.
Measurement of the galactic rotation curve 
Supernova remnants
Black holes (e.g. Cyg X-1)