The MDM Observatory buildings sit near Kitt Peak in Tuscon, Arizona.
MDM Observatory

Michigan-Dartmouth-MIT (MDM) Observatory

In January 2005, Ohio University joined the consortium of universities operating the Michigan-Dartmouth-MIT Observatory on Kitt Peak, Arizona.

The Michigan-Dartmouth-MIT (MDM) Observatory is an optical astronomical observatory located near Kitt Peak National Observatory on Kitt Peak ( west of Tucson, Arizona). It is owned and operated by the University of Michigan, Dartmouth College, Ohio State University, Columbia University and Ohio University. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was also part of the operating consortium in the past.

It has two reflecting telescopes:

  • Hiltner Telescope — 2.4-meter (95-inch aperture) Hiltner Telescope (since 1986) — used for galactic surveys
  • McGraw–Hill Telescope — 1.3-meter (50-inch diameter aperture) McGraw–Hill Telescope (since 1975) — originally located near Ann Arbor, Michigan
The MDM Observatory buildings sit near Kitt Peak in Tuscon, Arizona.
The MDM Observatory buildings sit near Kitt Peak in Tuscon, Arizona.
The MDM Observatory buildings sit near Kitt Peak in Tuscon, Arizona.
The MDM Observatory buildings sit near Kitt Peak in Tuscon, Arizona.


Publications resulting from Ohio University work at MDM:

  • Milisavljevic, D.; et al. (including Chornock, R.2017: "iPTF15eqv: Multiwavelength Expose of Peculiar Calcium-rich Transient," Astrophys. J., 846, 50 (19pp).
  • Nicholl, M.; Berger, E.; Margutti, R.; Blanchard, P. K.; Guillochon, J.; Leja, J.; Chornock, R. 2017: "The Superluminous Supernova SN 2017egm in the Nearby Galaxy NGC 3191: A Metal-rich Environment Can Support a Typical SLSN Evolution," Astrophys. J., 845, L8 (8pp).
  • Blanchard, P. K.; Nicholl, M.; Berger, E.; Guillochon, J.; Margutti, R.; Chornock, R.; Alexander, K. D.; Leja, J.; Drout, M. R. 2017: "PS16dtm: A Tidal Disruption Event in a Narrow-line Seyfert 1 Galaxy," Astrophys. J., 843, 106 (22pp).
  • Moravec, E. A.; Hamann, F.; Capellupo, D. M.; McGraw, S. M.; Shields, J. C.; Rodriguez Hidalgo, P. 2017: HST and Ground-Based Spectroscopy of Quasar Outflows: from mini-BALS to BALs," Monthly Notices of the RAS, 468, 4539-4555.
  • Elias-Rosa, N. et al. (including Chornock, R.2016: "Dead or Alive? Long-term Evolution of SN 2015bh (SNhunt275)," Monthly Notices of the RAS, 463, 3894-3920.
  • Lunnan, R.; Chornock, R. et al. 2016: :PS1-14bj: A Hydrogen-poor Superlumnious Supernova with a Long Rise and Slow Decay," Astrophys. J., 831, 144 (15pp).
  • Drout, M. R. et al. (including Chornock, R.2016: "The Double-Peaked SN2013ge: A Type Ib/c SN with an Asymmetric Mass Ejection or an Extended Progenitor Envelope," Astrophys. J., 821, 57 (24pp).
  • McGraw, S. M.; Shields, J. C.; Hamann, F. W.; Capellupo, D. M.; Gallagher, S. C.; Brandt, W. N. 2015: "Constraining FeLoBAL Outflows from Absorption Line Variability," Monthly Notices of the RAS, 453, 1379-1395.
  • Gaur, H.; et al. (including Böttcher, M.; Palma, N.2015: "Nature of Intranight Optical Variability of BL Lacertae," Monthly Notices of the RAS, 452, 4263-4273.
  • Peterson, B. M., et al. (including Shields, J. C.2014: "Reverberation Mapping of the Seyfert 1 Galaxy NGC7469," Astrophys. J., 795, 149 (8pp).
  • Holoien, T. W.-S. et al. (including McGraw, S. M.2014: "Discovery and Observations of ASASSN-13db, an Ex Lupi-Type Accretion Event on a Low-Mass T Tauri Star," Astrophys. J., 785, L35 (6pp).
  • Statler, T. S.; Cotto-Figueroa, D.; Riethmiller, D. A.; Sweeney, K. M. 2013: "Size Matters: The Rotation Rates of Small Near-Earth Asteroids", Icarus, 225, 141-155.
  • Raiteri, C. M.; et al. (including Böttcher, M.; Jadhav, Y.; Kohli, M.; Phipps, J.2013: The Awakening of BL Lacertae: Observations by Fermi, Swift, and the GASP-WEBT," Monthly Notices of the RAS, 436, 1530-1545.
  • Hamann, F.; Chartas, G.; McGraw, S.; Rodriguez Hidalgo, P.; Shields, J.; Capellupo, D.; Charlton, J.; Eracleous, M. 2013: "Extreme-velocity Quasar Outflows and the Role of X-ray Shielding," Monthly Notices of the RAS, 435, 133-148.
  • Bhatta, G.; et al. (including Böttcher, M.; Roustazadeh, P.2013: "The 72-h WEBT Microvariability Observation of Blazr S5 0716+714 in 2009," Astron. & Astrophys., 558, A92 (10pp).
  • Capellupo, D. M.; Hamann, F.; Shields, J. C.; Halpern, J. P.; Barlow, T. A. 2013: "Variability in Quasar Broad Absorption Line Outflows - III. What Happens on the Shortest Time-Scales?" Monthly Notices of the RAS, 429, 1872-1886.
  • Grier, C. J. et al. (including Free, N.; Shields, J. C.2013: "The Structure of the Broad-Line Region in Active Galactic Nuclei. I. Reconstructed Velocity-Delay Maps," Astrophys. J., 764, 47 (15pp).
  • Gupta, A.; et al. (including Böttcher, M.; Hawkins, K.; Palma, N.2012: "Multiwavelength Intraday Variability of the Bl Lacertae S5 0716+714," Monthly Notices of the RAS, 425, 1357-1370.
  • Aliu, E.; et al. (including Böttcher, M.; Jameil, O.2012: "Multiwavelength Observations of the AGN 1ES 0414+009 with VERITAS, Fermi-LAT, Swift-XRT, and MDM," Astrophys. J., 755 118 (7pp).
  • Grier, C. J. et al. (including Free, N.; Shields, J. C.2012: "Reverberation Mapping Results for Five Seyfert 1 Galaxies," Astrophys. J., 755, 60 (16pp).
  • Ackermann, M.; et al. (including Böttcher, M.; Diltz, C; Roustazadeh, P.) 2012: "Multi-Wavelength Observations of Blazar AO 0235+164 in the 2008-2009 Flaring State," Astrophys. J., 751 159 (20pp).
  • Capellupo, D. M.; Hamann, F.; Shields, J. C.; Rodriguez Hidalgo, P.; Barlow, T. A. 2012: "Variability in Quasar Broad Absorption Line Outflows - II. Multi-epoch Monitoring of SiIV and CIV Broad Absorption Line Variability," Monthly Notices of the RAS, 422, 3249-3267.
  • Grier, C. J. et al. (including Shields, J. C.2012: "A Reverberation Lag for the High-Ionization Component of the Broad-Line Region in the Narrow-Line Seyfert 1 Mrk 335," Astrophys. J., 744, L4 (5pp).
  • Aliu, E.; et al. (including Böttcher, M.2011: "Multiwavelength Observations of the Previously Unidentified Blazar RX J0648.7+1516," Astrophys. J., 742, 127 (7pp).
  • Raiteri, C.M.; et al. (including Böttcher, M.; Gusbar, C.; Hawkings, K.; Li, Y.; Palma, N.; Roberts, V.; Roustazadeh, P.2011: "The Long-Lasting Activity of 3C 454.3. GASP-WEBT and Satellite Obervations in 2008-2010," Astron. & Astrophys., 534, A87 (16pp).
  • Palma, N.; Böttcher, M. 2011: "Multiwavelength Observations of the Gamma-Ray Blazar PKS 0528_134 in Quiescence," Astrophys. J., 735, 60 (18pp).
  • Abdo, A. A. et al. (including Böttcher, M.; Dashti, J.) 2011: "Multi-Wavelength Observations of the Flaring Gamma-Ray Blazar 3C 66A in 2008 October," Astrophys. J., 726, 43 (14pp).
  • Capellupo, D. M.; Hamann, F.; Shields, J. C.; Rodriguez Hidalgo, P.; Barlow, T. A. 2011: "Variability in Quasar Broad Absorption Line Outflows - I. Trends in the Short-Term versus Long-Term Data," Monthly Notices of the RAS, 413, 908-920.
  • Böttcher, M.; Hivick, B.; Dashti, J.; Fultz, K.; Gupta, S.; Gusbar, C.; Joshi, M.; Lamerato, A.; Peery, T.; Principe, D.; Rajasingam, A.; Roustazadeh, P.; Shields, J. 2010: Optical Spectral Variability of the Very High Energy Gamma-ray Blazar 1ES 1011+496," Astrophys. J., 725, 2344-2348.
  • Denney, K. D. et al. (including Peterson, P.2009: "Diverse Broad Line Region Kinematic Signatures from Reverberation Mapping", Astrophys. J., 704, L80-L84.
  • Denney, K. D. et al. (including Peterson, P.2009: "A Revised Broad-Line Region Radius and Black Hole Mass for the Narrow-Line Seyfert 1 NGC 4051", Astrophys. J., 702, 1353-1366.
  • Böttcher, M.; Fultz, K. ; et al. 2009: :The Whole Earth Blazar Telescope Campaign on the Intermediate BL Lac Object 3C 66A in 2007-2008", Astrophys. J., 694, 174-182.
  • Rafferty, D. A.; McNamara, B. R.; Nulsen, P. E. J. 2008: "The Regulation of Cooling and Star Formation in Luminous Galaxies by Active Galactic Nucleus Feedback and the Cooling-Time/Entropy Threshold for the Onset of Star Formation," Astrophys. J., 687, 899-918.
  • Raiteri, C. M. et al. (including Böttcher, M.Principe, D.Ragozzine, B.Uckert, K.2008: "The High Activity of 3C454.3 in Autumn 2007: Monitoring by the WEBT During the AGILE Detection", Astron. & Astrophys., 485, L17
  • Villata, M. et al. (including Böttcher, M.Ragozzine, B.2008: "Multifrequency Monitoring of the Blazar 0716+714 During the GASP-WEBT-AGILE Campaign of 2007", Astron. & Astrophys., 481, L79
  • Raiteri, C. M. et al. (including Böttcher, M. Hooks, L.Joshi, M.2008: "Radio-to-UV Monitoring of AO 0235+164 by the WEBT and Swift during the 2006 - 2007 Outburst", Astron. & Astrophys., 480, 339
  • Raiteri, C. M. et al. (including Böttcher, M.Hooks, L.2007: "WEBT and and XMM-Newton Observations of 3C454.3 During the Post-Outburst Phase: Detection of the Little and Big Blue Bumps", Astron. & Astrophys., 473, 819
  • Finke, J. D., Shields, J. C., Böttcher, M., & Basu, S.2007: "Redshift Limits of BL Lacertae Objects from Optical Spectroscopy", Astron. & Astrophys., 447, 513
  • Böttcher, M.; Basu, S.; Joshi, M. et al. 2007: "The WEBT Campaign on the Blazar 3C279 in 2006", Astrophys. J., 670, 968
  • Joshi, M., & Böttcher, M.2007: "Modeling the Spectral Energy Distribution of 3C66A during the WEBT Campaign of 2003 - 2004", Astrophys. J., 662, 884
  • Ciprini, S. et al. (including Böttcher, M.Fullhart, M.Joshi, M.2007: "Prominent Activity of the Blazar OJ 287 in 2005" Mem. Soc. Astr. Ital., 78, 741
  • Villata, M. et al. (including Böttcher, M.Gupta, S.Harvey, J.Postnikov, S.2006: "The Unprecedented Optical Outburst of the Quasar 3C 454.3: The WEBT Campaign of 2004 - 2005", Astron. & Astrophys., 453, 817
  • Raiteri, C. M., Villata, M., Kadler, M., Krichbaum, T. P., Böttcher, M., Fuhrmann, L., & Orio, M., 2006: "X-Ray Emission from the Blazar AO 0235+16: The XMM-Newton and Chandra Point of View" Astron. & Astrophys., 452, 845
  • Yost, S. A. et al. (including Böttcher, M.Joshi, M.Shields, J. C.2006: "Optical Lightcurve and Cooling Break of GRB 050502A," Astrophys. J., 636, 959.
  • Böttcher, M. & Joshi, M.2005, Gamma Ray Burst Coordinates Network Circular #4392
  • Mirabal, N., Böttcher, M.Shields, J.Joshi, M., and Halpern, J. P. 2005Gamma Ray Burst Coordinates Network Circular #3363
  • Berger, E., Diercks, A., Frail, D. A., Kulkarni, S. R., Bloom, J. S., Sari, R., Halpern, J., Mirabal, N., Taylor, G. B., Hurley, K., Pooley, G., Becker, K. M., Wagner, R. M., Terndrup, D. M., Statler, T.Wik, D. R., Mazets, E., and Cline, T. 2001, "GRB 000418: A Hidden Jet Revealed," ApJ, 556, 556-561.