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Astronomy Research at MCAO

Mt. Cuba Observatory was founded in the 1960s to provide a univerity oriented observatory to stimulate astronomy research and education in the state of Delaware.  The 0.6m Tinsley reflector was envisioned as the primary research instrument.  Mt. Cuba has enjoyed an active research program, with programs ranging from monitoring asteroids to studying flare stars.  Mt. Cuba currently hosts an active program of asteroseismology. Time-series photometry of pulsating white dwarf stars are used to explore the structure and evolution of past and present stars in our Milky Way galaxy. Collaborators at UD are also involved in research on massive stars, the solar wind, and other topics.   

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