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Telescopes and Instrumentation

Through the department, Penn State is a partner in a number of prominent multi-institution and international research collaborations built around world-class instrumentation. Our scientists have been integral to designing the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, building the Chandra X-ray Observatory’s ACIS camera, and leading instrument teams and operations for the Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory.

Chandra X-ray Observatory

Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass

High Energy Instrumentation

Hobby-Eberly Dark Energy Experiment

Hobby-Eberly Telescope


Large Synoptic Survey Telescope


Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory

Optical/IR Instrumentation

Pierre Auger Cosmic Ray Observatory

Sloan Digital Sky Survey - III