The Etelman Observatory is proud to be the only research-grade optical telescope in the Caribbean and the most powerful optical telescope ever available in the Caribbean region for use by the general public. The observatory has been pleased to host its first-ever educational groups for observing with the 0.5m VIRT in the Spring of 2012 and we look forward to many more such events in the near future. If you or your group would like a tour of the facility or would like to arrange an observing session, please feel free to contact the observatory director, Dr. David C. Morris via the contact information below. 

Dr. David C. Morris is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science and Mathematics at the University of the Virgin Islands and is also Director of the Etelman Observatory. Dr. Morris joined the faculty of UVI in August 2011 after having previously worked at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in the Washington DC metro area and at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Morris’ research expertise is in high-energy astrophysics and studies of high-energy transient sources including gamma-ray bursts and neutron-star binaries. Dr. Morris may be reached in his office on the UVI campus at (340) 693-1391 or via email at

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