Big Bear Solar Observatory

The Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) located in Big Bear Lake, CA is operated by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The main interest is the physics of the Sun and they observe solar phenomena every day with their dedicated telescopes and instruments. In addition to their own instruments they host two different helioseismology experiments; the TON and the GONG. The Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research at NJIT also studies the Sun in radio wavelengths at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory.

They have an exhibit at the Discovery Center that the public can see at anytime when the Discovery Center is open.


The Observatory is not open for tours currently.

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40386 North Shore Lane Big Bear Lake, CA 92315

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(909) 866-5791