Gemini Program at Thomas More College

Open House Events

The Bank of Kentucky Observatory Announces Fall Open House Dates.

Open houses for The Bank of Kentucky Observatory, located on the campus of Thomas More College, have been set for the fall.  All open house dates include an hour long lecture on an astronomical topic, followed by a night sky viewing at the observatory (weather permitting).  All lectures will take place in Steigerwald Hall, located in the Saints Center (formerly the Student Center).  These events are free and open to the public with no reservation required.  Hope to see you this fall!

Upcoming Open Houses

  • Sat, January 31, 2015 - Details
  • Sat, February 21, 2015
  • Sat, March 28, 2015
  • Sat, April 25, 2015

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The Bank of Kentucky Observatory

The new astronomical Bank of Kentucky Observatory at TMC is providing Thomas More students and the local community with a broadening glimpse into the wonders of our universe.  The exciting frontiers of planets, stars, and faraway galaxies — and all the other distant wonders of the skies — are within reach of the state-of-the-art telescopes, cameras, and computers that comprise the Observatory facility.


Expanding Horizons

Students of all majors, researchers and all those interested in appreciating and understanding the worlds beyond ours, find the Observatory to be a mind-expanding resource.  More than just a place, but a program of study and exploration, the Observatory opens the door to the Universe and brings knowledge of the heavenly skies closer than ever.

Under the direction of the Department of Physics, the Observatory has allowed the College to expand both its general educational opportunities in astronomy for all Thomas More students and research programs for those students interested in a more in-depth understanding of celestial objects and the equipment that allows astronomers to study them. 

The Observatory also opens its doors to the local community, allowing everyone in the Greater Cincinnati area a chance to wonder and learn about the heavens.

The purchase of the telescopes and supporting equipment and construction of the new Observatory was made possible through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), a generous gift from The Bank of Kentucky, and personal gifts made by alumni and friends of Thomas More College.

For more information, please contact Dr. Wes Ryle, Department of Math & Physics, at 859-344-3367.

Probing the skies

Located on the main campus of Thomas More College, the Bank of Kentucky Observatory offers the opportunity for our Physics Department to sharpen its focus on the enlightening world of astronomy.  The Observatory features computer-controlled telescopes, CCD digital imaging camera systems, and telescope-dedicated computer systems.  The Observatory building incorporates a sliding roof that that opens to the stars and a climate-controlled computer room, allowing observers to remain comfortable while pursuing observing projects even during the coldest winter nights.