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UMass Lowell will resume on-campus instruction, research and campus life for Fall 2020. View the plan for more info.

Astronomical Observatory

Located on South Campus, the UMass Lowell Schueller Observatory enables students to use professional-grade telescopes and other instruments to observe stars, moons, and other celestial objects.

The grand opening of the observatory, originally scheduled for April 7, has been postponed. A new date is TBD.

UMass Lowell students at the Schueller observatory (in its original site) holding a portrait of Richard Schueller (painted by a local artist and friend).

UMass Lowell students at the Schueller observatory (in its original site) holding a portrait of Richard Schueller (painted by a local artist and friend).

The observatory was made possible by the generosity of alumnus Susan Goodwin in honor of her late husband Richard Schueller.

Richard graduated from UMass Lowell, where he met Susan, in 1986. While at UMass Lowell he worked with the particle accelerator along with many of the faculty. He was a research scientist at American Science and Engineering of Billerica, Mass., and worked on satellite and rocket experiments, including the Chandra X-ray Observatory.