Welcome to Mount Graham International Observatory!

MGIO is a division of Steward Observatory, the research arm for the Department of Astronomy at the University of Arizona.  Scientific researchers from around the world make use of MGIO facilities.  We serve this community, operating and maintaining facilities at the remote observing site located in the Pinaleño Mountains in southeast Arizona.  This area is part of the Coronado National Forest -- administered by the Safford Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service.  Our office, the MGIO Base Camp, is located at the eastern base of Mount Graham, six miles south of Safford, Arizona.

Research telescopes at MGIO are:

Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope

Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope

The Large Binocular Telescope


November 26, 2014 -- MGIO Seeks New Director

Steward Observatory of the University of Arizona is seeking to fill the position of Director of the Mount Graham International Observatory (MGIO).  The selected candidate will provide vision, leadership, direction and support to MGIO in all aspects of planning programming and facilities management.  The position reports to the Director of Steward Observatory.

Please visit the University of Arizona Human Resources website for full information about this unique and exciting opportunity!  Search the UA job postings for job number 57012.

Sub-millimeter Telescope and the Large Binocular Telescope under Moonlight, at the MGIO Site.

Photo Courtesy of Paul Schulz


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