Boise State is home to a magnificent observatory, but it almost never came to fruition.

BSU's observatory was built back in 1977, and used to be located on the campus' science building. It was moved to the education building the next year, and it's been there ever since.

This year, a new mount was required to keep the observatory in working condition, and the money was quickly raised and donated. Assistant Professor Brian Jackson hopes to use the observatory as a focus for public outreach, and to help teach BSU's astronomy classes.

According to Jackson, Boise State's observatory is one of only a handful of such facilities in the entire state.