McDonald Observatory: 75 Years and Going Strong!
Since it was established in 1939, McDonald Observatory — a unit of the University of Texas at Austin — has been on the forefront of scientific research, as well as astronomy education and outreach, nationwide. Today, Texas astronomers play pivotal roles in research into dark energy, black holes, stars and galaxies, extrasolar planets, and more. And McDonald Observatory is engaging students and teachers across the country to further science education.
On May 5th, 2014, the Observatory will celebrate 75 years since the dedication of its 82-inch Otto Struve Telescope. This campaign's mission is to bring the original Warner & Swasey model of the telescope home to Texas. It's been in Ohio, where it was built, for the past 25 years. If we succeed, the model will be put on display at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin in an exhibit celebrating our 75th anniversary. The exhibit will include a letter from president Lyndon B. Johnson about the dedication of the Observatory, as well as other never-before-seen pieces from the history of the McDonald Observatory and its 75-year Texas story.
Why We Need Your Help
With your help and support, we will be able to safely transport the original 82-inch Warner & Swasey telescope model from Cleveland, Ohio back to Texas for our 75th anniversary!
By donating to our cause through the University of Texas Foundation, you won't just be sharing the history of McDonald Observatory you'll also be furthering the education of astronomy for children, students, and adults alike! You can contribute at one of our many perk levels and receive some cool new, and vintage items from McDonald Observatory. If you give at the highest level, your gift will be a private Special Viewing Night on the 36-inch telescope at the Observatory!
It's no secret that there is a severe lack of interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related subjects in school right now. Just a few decades ago, 40% of the world's scientists resided in the U.S. Today, that number is at 15%. It is our mission to raise awareness of that deficit and garner interest in these areas among individuals of all ages. And astronomy, which opens up the world as well as the mind, is a the perfect science to do that.
Your help with this project will allow access for children and current students to view the telescope model and learn more about its history, the history of the Observatory, and the history of astronomy. It could be this experience that sparks a love for science or engineering in a young mind!
Your help could change this statistic and at the same time bring a beloved piece of Texas history back to its home state.
What You Get
You can choose your donation level according to the perk you want. Here are some of the exciting, and even exclusive, packages you can receive!
Other Ways You Can Help
No gift is too small! Even if you can't contribute at one of our many perk levels, you can always help by giving at a level you can afford — and you can help by spreading our message.
If you like the project, please talk about it with your friends! Use the links at the top or bottom of this page to view and share our Web site, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.
Please help us bring home this piece of our history to share with students of all ages. Thank you!
If you have any questions or would like to become a friend of McDonald Observatory, feel free to visit our Web site to learn more, or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All donations given to this campaign are 100% tax-deductible and will be paid to McDonald Observatory through the UT Foundation.