About the Observatory

The Great Basin Observatory (GBO) is the first research grade observatory ever built in a U.S. National Park. Set at an elevation of 6,825 feet, with no significant man-made light for 70 miles in all directions, the observatory is a state-of-the-art, remotely operated, optical astronomical telescope.

The GBO enables researchers to explore fundamental questions about our universe. Its location in Great Basin National Park underscores the need to preserve night skies as a park resource.

The GBO’s primary goals are to:

  1. Inspire students and educators in the fields of astrophysics and other sciences, technology and natural resource management
  2. Provide a state-of-the-art research/education facility and
  3. Preserve and utilize the spectacular dark night sky of Great Basin National Park.