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Open Nights

Upcoming Public Viewing Open Nights in the Observatory:

* All Observatory Open Nights are Friday evenings.
* Start times vary depending on season and rise and set times of observing highlights.
* Please check the 'Status' of the observing night in the table below, before coming. Given New England weather, often we are forced to postpone our decision till 11am of that day.

Fall 2016 Schedule:




Date, time, starting location Highlights of the evening Status (last update on 11am)



* September 30, 7pm, Observatory CLOSED DUE TO WEATHER CANCELED
* October 7, 6pm, Hindle Auditorium Quarter Moon ON
* October 14, 7pm, Hindle Auditorium Full Moon TBD
* October 21, 7pm, Observatory Stars, Clusters, Nebulae, and Galaxies TBD
* October 28, 7pm, Observatory Stars, Clusters, Nebulae, and Galaxies TBD
* November 4, 6pm, Hindle Auditorium Crescent Moon ON
* November 11, 7pm, Hindle Auditorium Gibbous Moon ON
* November 18, 6pm, Observatory Stars, Clusters, Nebulae, and Galaxies TBD
* November 25 Closed, Thanksgiving OFF
* December 2, 6pm, Observatory Thin crescent Moon, Stars, Clusters, Nebulae, and Galaxies TBD
* December 9, 6pm, Hindle Auditorium Quarter Moon ON



 

Directions for the open nights

* On some evenings, as indicated in the above table, we will meet first in the Hindle auditorium which is the old science center auditorium (on Howard St., just off Taunton Rd) for a slide show before proceeding to the new observatory.
* On other evenings we will start at the Observatory; these dates are also indicated on the table above. 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.

Groups

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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