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Bring Back the Boise State Observatory

Raised toward our $8,000 Goal
115 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on October 14, at 05:59 AM MDT
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Making Progress + Featured Article in The Idaho Statesman

December 21, 2015
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We met our initial goal!

September 26, 2015

Thanks, everyone! You helped us reach our initial goal of $8,000. Just amazing and only halfway through our campaign. I am personally very grateful for all the support and interest in our project.

We'd like to ask your help to meet a new, stretch goal of $2,000. This money will pay for wireless internet access at our observatory, giving access to our visitors to astronomical data, images, and more, significantly enhancing public events and instruction.

And don't forget our Lunar Eclipse viewing, tomorrow (Sunday, Sep 27) on campus --

Getting so close!

September 25, 2015

Thank you so much to everyone who has generously contributed to our project.  We are close, but still need a few more supporters to reach our goal. Please share our project with your friends and family and help us get to $8,000. Don't forget about the lunar eclipse this Sunday! Those who make gifts of $100 or more are invited to join my astronomy class for a special viewing. Learn more:  


Almost 50% of the way there!

September 17, 2015


We are almost 50% of the way to our goal of $8,000 in just three days. An impressive and humbling achievement.

If you have already given, thank you very much. If you haven't, please consider donating. Even a small amount makes a big difference.

Please talk to your friends and family and share your enthusiasm for our project and for astronomy. Your support means a lot to me and will help us usher in an amazing new resource for astronomy education here in Boise.

I gave a short talk on Tuesday night at Flying M Coffee in Nampa about my research and recent developments in exoplanet astronomy. Then I opened the floor up for questions — the best part of the night. Lots of really great questions about alien life, what exoplanets are like, when will we find life.

One question that stood out for me was asked by a young woman about how we study the composition of exoplanet atmospheres. I talked about the promise of the James Webb Space Telescope to measure transits in different colors. And there was a moment of genuine awe and surprise I could see on her face. Please help us bring that same sense of wonder to more people.

Many thanks,


Our way
of Thanking You


Shout out from Brian

Brian will thank you by name on his twitter feed: @decaelus

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Your name on Brian's blog

Brian will thank you on his research blog: astrojack -dot- com

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Your name in a research paper

Brian will acknowledge you by name in a scientific research paper in which observations from the Boise State Observatory are used.

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Lunar Eclipse event

Join Brian and a class of astronomy students on campus to view the lunar eclipse on September 27.

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VIP at the grand opening

Be the envy of your friends with VIP status at the Observatory's Grand Opening Event, planned for Spring 2016.

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Astronomer house call

Brian will show up at your star-gazing party and bring his telescope.

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Name the telescope

One donor at this level will be invited to name the Observatory's telescope (subject to approval).

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