Building Code O
Spencer Hill Campus
Corning, NY 14830

Welcome to the Eileen Collins Observatory!


Open October 7 and 21, 8pm-10pm, weather permitting.


Convergent evolution and unique adaptations of Australian marsupials

October 7, 2016
7:30pm at the Observatory
Free and open to the public

The next Elmira-Corning Astronomical Society meeting will feature a presentation by Eriko Heise on evolution and adaptations of Australian marsupials.  Australian marsupials evolved independently from placental mammals, and yet they share some common characteristics due to similarities in their habitats. In this talk, several Australian marsupial species will be compared with their placental mammal counterparts. Unique adaptations of Australian marsupials will also be discussed.

Eriko Heise is originally from Japan and lived in Australia for three years where she developed her interest in Australian marsupials. Eriko obtained a B.S. and a M.S. in biology from State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. While she is interested in a wide range of organisms, Australian marsupials remain as her most favorite group of animals.  Eriko is an assistant professor of Biology and is going into her seventh year teaching at Corning Community College.

Event Parking: Please park in the lower student lot or the Planetarium parking lot (spaces at the Observatory are reserved for handicapped parking).


We have many types and sizes of telescopes here at our Observatory. Our two largest telescopes are both reflectors - the 20" and the 16". Our 20" telescope is the one-tenth scale model of the Hale Telescope at Mount Palomar in California. We also have 14", 12", 10", 8", and 6" reflectors that were built by members of the Elmira-Corning Astronomical Society. We have 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain reflectors in addition to 4" refractors and a solar telescope. All of these telescopes are on display at the Observatory. Some of them can be used by the public during our Friday night observing sessions.

If you have any questions, please call the Observatory at 607-962-9494 or email Deborah Dann, Director of the Observatory, at dann@corning-cc.edu.