Supernova discoverer Caroline Moore seeks funds for school observatory project

Posted by David Eicher
on Thursday, May 17, 2012

Credit: Caroline and Bob Moore

You may remember hearing in 2008 about the remarkable 14-year-old New York observer Caroline Moore who then became the youngest person ever to discover a supernova. Caroline detected Supernova 2008ha in the galaxy UGC 12682 in Pegasus. A year later, she attended and helped host the famous White House Star Party put on by President and First Lady Obama.

Now 17, Caroline is also the founder and president of the Warwick Valley Central School District Astronomy Club, which serves six schools and some 5,000 students. Her senior high school project has been to undertake a major observatory for her school district, and she needs funding help from the astronomical community. Her district already owns several telescopes but no facility for using them; the planned observatory complex will consist of an 8-foot dome and an adjacent observatory building at Sanfordville Elementary School in Warwick, New York, to serve the entire district.


I am presenting the architect’s sketches of the project here, along with a photo of the proposed area where the building will be.

Caroline and her school district need your help in raising the funds to complete this project. If you can contribute to this worthy cause, it would help bring astronomy and space to a new generation of school kids in the region north of New York City. Checks for contributions over $100 should be made payable to “Warwick Valley Central School District” with the phrase “Caroline Moore Senior Project” in the notes section of the check; this will ensure receiving a letter back for tax deductions. Checks of lesser value can be made payable to Caroline Moore. They should all be sent to Caroline at 29 Deer Pond Road, Warwick, New York 10990.

Thanks for helping astronomy reach a new generation.

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