Our observatory, located at our beautiful Soka University of America campus in Aliso Viejo, CA was made possible by the generosity of Luis & Linda Nieves Family Foundation. We have named the our observatory the Nieves Observatory at Soka University of America to honor his generous gift. The telescope has been used with our Soka University of America students for the past year in both classes and research, and also has been used by students around the world with its remote operation capability.
A small telescope to explore a big universe
When we study the stars and planets to learn more about the universe we also learn more about ourselves - and the fragile and tiny blue planet we live on, which is shared by all of humanity.
A global community of collaboration among astronomers
The observatory is set up with the mission to expand SUA’s mission for global citizenship into an interplanetary dimension. We hope to also work with communities of students and researchers across the world, and to enable students in the US, Japan, India, Taiwan, Singapore and other countries to work together to increase our understanding of the physical universe.
”“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward... in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam… The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena."Carl SaganAuthor of the "Pale Blue Dot: A vision of the Human Future in Space"