The Calumet Astronomy Center (CAC) is an ongoing collaboration between the Calumet Astronomical Society (CAS), the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department (LCPRD), and Purdue University Northwest (PNW). We envision the CAC as a focal point for astronomical education, outreach, and research in Northwest Indiana.
The CAC is located at LCPRD’s Buckley Homestead County Park in Lowell, IN and is already the home of the CAS’ Thomas Conway Observatory. The Thomas Conway Observatory was built by the steelworkers at USW/ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Career Development Center. Its full story can be found on the CAS webpage.
Northwest Indiana Robotic Telescope (NIRo)
PNW’s contribution to the CAC is the Northwest Indiana Robotic (NIRo) Telescope. NIRo has been in operation since 2010. We continue to work on revamping the PNW introductory astronomy courses, intermediate and upper-level physics courses and research opportunities for our physics undergraduates. More details about the NIRo telescope can be found on the NIRo page.