|The University of Virginia operates the Fan Mountain Observatory, about 15 miles south of Charlottesville. The Observatory was established in the mid-1960's as a new, dark site away from the light pollution produced by the growth of the Charlottesville area, 566 meters above sea level. The Observatory was used extensively for research up until the late-1980's. |
In recent years, extensive hardware upgrades and instrumentation efforts have transformed the observatory into a more modern research facility currently capable of optical and infrared imaging and spectroscopy.