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 11 AM of that day.

Schedule for Upcoming Open Nights:

 

Date Time Observing Highlights Status
March 22 7:30 pm  Orion Nebula, Mars and Deep Sky  OBSERVATORY CLOSED DUE TO WEATHER OFF
March 29 7:30 pm  Orion Nebula, Mars and Deep Sky ON
April 5 8:00 pm  Orion Nebula, Mars and Deep Sky ON
April 12 8:00 pm First Quarter Moon ON
April 19 8:00 pm Full Moon ON
April 26 8:00 pm Mars and Deep Sky ON
May 3 9:00 pm LAST OPEN NIGHT OF THE SPRING SEMESTER ON

 

Directions to the public nights:  We will meet first in the entrance to the old Science Center outiside of Hindle auditorium (on Howard St., just off Taunton Rd). Student workers will be there to give you directions to the observatory next door. If you already know the way you can go directly to the observatory to begin viewing the sky.

Click here for a printable campus map. Parking lots 7, 8, and 9 are close to the Observatory and the Hindle auditorium.

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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