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Greetings from the Director

Dr. Jason Best, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics

On behalf of Shepherd University, I welcome you to the website of the Shepherd University Observatory. Our astronomical facility supports and enhances University education in the sciences, research opportunities for faculty and students, bestdirand outreach experiences for the public of all ages. We invite you to come to the Observatory and explore the wonders of the Universe! We hold Astronomy Open Houses during the Fall and Spring semesters where the public is welcome to peer at the night skies. For those unable to come to the campus, we share with the viewing public on this website some of the images obtained at the Observatory. We update the Images page as new pictures are obtained, so come back frequently to see new and exciting images.

Clear Skies!

About the Observatory Director

Dr. Jason Best is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Shepherd University and the university’s Director of Strategic Research Initiatives. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in astronomy and astrophysics from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in astronomy and astrophysics from The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. His research focuses on the study of galactic evolution and the large-scale structure of the universe. He has published in the Astrophysical Journal and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s Mercury magazine. He has received research grants from the National Science Foundation and has been awarded a faculty fellowship from Indiana University, during which time he conducted research in CAVE Automatic Virtual Environment at the I.U. Advanced Visualization Laboratory. He is a member of the American Astronomical Society, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, and has served as┬áPresident of the West Virginia Academy of Science. Dr. Best is also a member of the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows Class of 2015-16.