Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Open Nights

Upcoming viewing highlights

Upcoming Public Viewing Open Nights in the Observatory:

All Observatory Open Nights are Friday evenings.
Start times vary depending on Moon and planet rise and set times.

Winter/Spring 2016 Schedule:

Feb 19 - 7:00 pm - Near Full Moon
Feb 26 - Closed
Mar 4 - 7:00 pm - Jupiter
Mar 11 - Closed - Spring Break
Mar 18 - Closed - Spring Break
Mar 25 - 8:00 pm - Full Moon
Apr 1 - Closed
Apr 8 - Closed
Apr 15 - 8:00 pm - Quarter Moon
Apr 22 - 8:00 pm - Full Moon
Apr 29 - Closed
May 6 - 9:00 pm - Jupiter

Summer 2016
While public open nights will be closed during the summer, we are offering a course on "Lunar Exploration" for high-school students during July 2016 which will use the observatory. Please click here for more info on this course.

Directions for the open nights
We will meet first in the old science center auditorium (on Howard St., just off Taunton Rd) for a slide show before proceeding to the new observatory. There is parking on the right just past the entrance. Check back to this page for an updated weekly schedule. The Friday Observatory Open Night event is free of charge.


The Observatory welcomes pre-scheduled small groups to visit our facilities on public viewing nights. We ask that all groups larger than 10 arrange their visits to the observatory so that we can manage the number of visitors to our program. Families and smaller groups are welcome at all times and do not need to make prior arrangements.

For more information about our open nights program, please contact Tony Houser at houser_anthony@wheatoncollege.edu or 508-286-3979.

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