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

Our observatory, located at our beautiful Soka University of America campus in Aliso Viejo, CA was made possible by the generosity of Luis Nieves. We plan to name it the Luis Nieves Observatory at Soka University to honor his generous gift. The telescope will be operational this summer, and is currently in the installation and testing phase.

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.

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Detailed specifications of our observatory and telescope

Image Gallery

Our best images taken and processed by our in-house astro-photographers

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Astronomy Resources

Latest tutorials on image processing and computational guides for astronomy research

“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"
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Soka University of America Observatory

Welcome to our Soka University Observatory Page!  Our observatory, located at our beautiful Soka University of America campus in Aliso Viejo, CA was made possible…
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Nova Carinae 2018

The classical nova ASASSN-18fv (Nova Carinae 2018) was discovered by the All Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae on 2018 March 21, based on images taken…
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Supernova 2017cbv

During the semester, while taking an astrophysics class with Professor Penprase, a transient astronomical event occurred: a star exploded some 41 million light years away.…