A Place For Exceptional Science
The Observatories environment reflects the values of an Institution dedicated to enabling brilliant scientists to pursue their ideas with complete freedom. Our scientists are empowered to pursue long-term projects whose pace is dictated by the pace of discovery itself. It is this exceptional culture that has enabled the relatively small staff to make such disproportionately large contributions to astronomy.
Our scientists interact on a daily basis. Morning tea, held every day in the foyer of the lecture hall, attracts most staff members who are in town to talk about every conceivable subject, scientific or otherwise. Most gather again to eat lunch together in our gardens.
The Observatories are part of a large and exceptionally lively local astronomical community, which includes scientists from Caltech, JPL, and UCLA. Weekly colloquia at the Observatories and at Caltech attract many from all these institutions. We are also active in the Southern California community. There is an annual spring astronomy lecture series, annual open house every October, and outreach activities at local schools.