The Lowell Observatory Public Astronomical Research Center

Jeffrey Hall


The Lowell Observatory Public Astronomical Research Center (LOPARC) is an Internet observatory that allows users to access a research-grade telescope, an online digital archive of astronomical images, and server-side software that many professional astronomers use in their research. Online activities are available at a variety of conceptual levels, allowing anyone from primary school students to adults to use the facility with appropriate content. Two versions of the user interface allow clients to be deployed for general home or private-venue access, as well as in a more restricted point-and-click mode in public venues such as museums and public libraries. The facility is currently open in its initial public release at Lowell Observatory's campus in Flagstaff, Arizona, and is slated for full Internet availability by September, 2003.

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