Nestled along side of the Owa Ehan building, just south of the Chemistry and Physics building on the Modesto Maidique campus, the Stocker AstroScience Center is four stories tall with three floors within the tower footprint. With close proximity to the Physics Department, the building is designed to be free of vibrations.
The Exhibition Hall/Main entrance and Astronomy lab room doubles as a public lecture space. The Floor of the Main Exhibition hall features a 6' Glass Tile Mosaic of an original work by Clayton Bryant Young depicting the transition from the Everglades to the Stars. It also features astronomy displays, including the Physics of Star Trek, and pictures from the Southern Cross Astronomical Society.
This floor contains faculty offices, and perhaps the most unique telescope control room around. It is designed to operate both SARA telescopes and the local telescope, and look like a star ship bridge. In addition to a library/conference room, this floor contains the Starship Control Room – a state-of-the-art telescope control room which connects to the SARA Kitt Peak, Cerro Tololo, and Canary Islands telescopes.
The third floor contains graduate student offices, an image processing lab computer room, astronomy student study room and telescope repair/storage room.
Observing platform with permanent piers to hold C8 telescopes, and a small dome to house a permanent telescope (12” to 24”).