Cool Stuff: Telescopes

Florida Tech Ortega TelescopeSitting high in the center dome of the F.W. Olin Physical Sciences Building is the 0.8-meter (32-inch) Ortega Telescope, the largest research telescope in Florida.

Check it all out and MORE at our "Cool Stuff" website.

Research Portal: The sky is not the limit here!

Florida Tech Space SciencesFlorida Tech uses the technologies aboard the Hubble to study the masses of 5 supermassive black holes that may potentially be billions of times larger than the Sun!

Check out this research and more at Florida Tech's Research Portal!

Internship & Research Opportunities

Because of Florida Tech's location at the heart of the Space Coast, there are a plethora of opportunities for our students to obtain both astronomy internships and astrophysics internships during their studies.

Some of the organizations that provide astronomy internships and astrophysics internships include:

  • NASA
  • DRS Optronics
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • Harris
  • Northrop Grumman

Students participating in astrophysics and astronomy internships have monitored the Deep Impact Mission's collision at Kitt Peak National Observatory, worked with the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and helped to develop and test new night-vision optics used by the U.S. Army.


In addition to astrophysics or astronomy internships, astronomy and astrophysics students are encouraged to utilize Florida Tech's F.W. Olin Observatory, which houses the Ortega Telescope (the largest research-grade telescope on Florida) to take part in research projects. These projects may entail hands-on observations with our telescopes, or working with data from space-based observatories such as the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, or the Kepler Observatory.

Florida Tech is the lead institution for the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA), which operates automated one-meter-class telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Ariz., and at Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory in Chile. Both are accessed and controlled remotely over the Internet.

SARA also sponsors an NSF-funded summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program that provides 10–12 students from around the U.S. the opportunity to work with scientists at SARA institutions.

Department faculty operates the world's largest X-ray array for measuring lightning. Faculty also co-operate (with UCLA) a chain of 10 geomagnetic field observatories from Central Florida to Maine, and maintain a NASA-qualified clean room.

Valuable astrophysics and astronomy internships and research gives students real-world experience and learning opportunities.

Join Clubs and Organizations to Enhance Your Space Sciences Degree

The Florida Tech chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space is an active organization that meets to discuss space news and activism, as well as taking part in events with other space organization around the southeast.

The Society of Physics Students is a professional organization that focuses on education and enrichment and holds a variety of regular activities for students across campus. Students can also join Sigma Pi Sigma honor society and the student Astronomical Society. These clubs and organizations are the perfect way to network for astrophysics and astronomy internships, research opportunities and potential jobs.