The Summer Research Institute is a 38-year old tradition in the Chemical Physics Laboratory at Concordia University. "I was not about to abandon that tradition because of COVID-19", remarked the leader of the institute, Professor John Kenney. This summer the institute pivoted to be online and used the remote, robotic GBO for an astronomical research component.

High School students Alexa Brammer and  Jessica Padron-Loredo published a scientific paper using GBO data with their science teacher Charmain Brammer and mentor Dr.

Over 30 people attended Starfest 2 in Cedar City, Utah on October 26 & 27. Starfest celebrates the research stemming from the Great Basin Observatory (GBO) and allows our four university partners (Concordia University Irvine; CUI, Southern Utah University; SUU, University of Nevada Reno; UNR and Western Nevada College; WNC) to build a collegial community of practice. Research presentations included work done on double stars, exoplanet transits, eShel spectogragh development, and ideas for using the GBO with undergraduate students.

The Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative highlighted the GBO in October 2019. Read the full guest spotlight here.

Click on the pdf to learn what Reach for the Stars accomplished in 2018!

Read the latest news from Great Basin National Park Foundation and Great Basin Observatory.

GBO open to the night sky

The first ever GBO Starfest will be held at the University of Nevada, Reno on October 13 & 14, 2018. Researchers will gain a better understanding of how to operate GBO technology and strategize research projects for the coming year.

Please click on the photo for the complete agenda.

Great Basin Observatory (GBO) Starfest I – 2018 Symposium  

Reno, Nevada

Hosted By: University of Nevada, Reno

Fall 2018


The Great Basin National Park Foundation celebrated two successful years of GBO operation with events at Great Basin National Park in August. Five hundred people had contact with Foundation staff and volunteers during three events, which included a Star Train ride, GBO scientist Astronomy Talk, and GBO birthday cake! 

Science Update

Multiple star systems are scientifically interesting for several reasons. Orbital pairs can be used to measure the masses of the component stars, which is useful for developing a greater understanding of the stellar life cycle. Identifying whether the stars are gravitationally bound is the first step towards determining the mass of the component stars.

Science Update

Researchers at Concordia University Irvine used the Great Basin Observatory to study a binary star system using AstroImageJ software. Twenty observations were measured and analyzed.

Download and read the full article below, published in the Journal of Double Star Observations.