Magdalena Ridge


The Magdalena Ridge Observatory (MRO) is managed by New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM Tech) in Socorro. The observatory consists of two major facilities: a fast-tracking 2.4 m telescope and an optical interferometer.

The telescope has high slewing and tracking rates, making it a superb instrument for the study of fast-moving objects and targets of opportunity.  NASA contributes 30% of the telescope funding for Near-Earth Object follow-on studies.       

~Joseph T. Page II
New Mexico Space Trail

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Official Website: Magdalena Ridge Observatory
Active: Since 2008
GPS Coordinates: Coming Soon
Hours of Operation: Public outreach programs such as school events and star parties are availble, see here for information
Cost: Free of charge