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Frank Herbert Loud

Colorado College's first mathematics professor, Frank Loud, was also an avid astronomer who developed many astronomy and meteorology programs at CC and in the Springs. The recently published article, "Advancing Astronomy on the American Frontier: The Career of Frank Herbert Loud" by Steve Ruskin gives the details of his fascinating career.


Welcome to the Colorado College Astronomy website! This site is designed to provide you with the information necessary to participate in astronomy at Colorado College.

If you are interested in taking an astronomy course, PC133 Astronomy is offered twice during the regular school year, as well as once during the summer. PC133 Cultural Astronomy of the Southwest is usually available every year as well and offers a more anthropological study. If you are interested in a more advanced study of astronomy, the Physics Department at Colorado College offers an Astrophysics based track, which enables a student to take the classes necessary to continue onto graduate school in astrophysics.

The observatory is only available to students who have been certified to use it. If you are interested in using the observatory or any of its resources, contact the Physics Department. Note that being certified to use the observatory is not the same as being registered to book the observatory. 

To schedule a time to use the observatory, go to the Colorado College Lab Reservation page and log in using your CC e-mail and password (you should have first registered with Weston Taylor). When selecting the lab you want to reserve, select "Observatory".


Colorado College is partnered with the Wyoming Infrared Observatory (WIRO)

Search the largest database of astrophysics research at Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Read about current astronomy related subjects and news at Sky and Telescope Online

Find general astronomical information in the Handbook of Space Astronomy & Astrophysics by Martin V. Zombeck

Get a new astronomy picture daily at Astronomy Picture of the Day