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Center for Astronomy Education

The Center for Astronomy Education (CAE) in Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona aims to develop and understand best practices in science education. It focuses its research on student beliefs and reasoning difficulties related to astronomy, and instructor implementation difficulties related to teaching astronomy. Those results inform the development of research-validated curriculum and assessment materials for use in the "Astro 101" classroom. For more information see the CAE website.

Executive Director: Prof. Ed Prather

For the public
For Public

Public events include our Monday Night Lecture Series, world-reknowned Astronomy Camp and Mt Lemmon Sky Center.

For Students

A good place to start if you want to become an undergrad major or grad student, or need to find our schedule of classes.


For Scientists
For Scientists

Find telescopes and instruments, telescope time applications, staff and mountain contacts, and faculty and staff scientific interests.