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Friends of Steward Observatory

Welcome to Friends of Steward Observatory.  

Nearly 100 years ago, Lavinia Steward gave $60,000 to the founder of the department of physics and astronomy, Andrew Ellicott Douglass. That gift built the Steward Observatory and launched a department that leads the field in teaching and discovery, manufacturing and research.

Friends of Steward Observatory membership gives you exclusive access to telescopes and tours, faculty and students. Learn about the search for life on other planets. See the first images of the birth of a new planet.

"Friends of Steward" is $250 for an individual and $400 for a household. For your membership, you will be invited to a Friends-only, on-campus telescope viewing night with the Astronomy Club (made up of undergraduate and graduate astronomy students) each semester. You will also receive 2 passes for a VIP tour of the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab.

We are working on putting together special "Friends" dinners with astronomers to learn more about Steward/Astronomy research and projects. We may also offer astronomy trips. This is a new program, so we welcome your input.

Join Friends of Steward and help support the world-class astronomy program at the University of Arizona.


Ruth McCutcheon, Director of Development
Cathi Duncan, Community Relations

P.S. As always, our public lectures remain free.