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.
Spring 2017 Schedule for Upcoming Open Nights:
|Date and time||Observing highlights||Status|
|February 24**, 7:00 - 8:30 pm||Mars, Venus, Stars, Nebulae, Galaxies, and Other Treasures of the Night Sky||ON|
|March 3, 6:00-7:30pm||Quarter Moon, Mars, Venus||ON|
|March 10, 7:00-8:30pm||Full Moon||ON|
|March 17||Spring Break||OFF|
|March 24**, 7:00-8:30pm||Stars, Nebulae, Galaxies, and Other Treasures of the Night Sky||ON|
|March 31, 7:00-8:30pm||Crescent Moon, Mars||ON|
|April 7, 8:00-9:30pm||Near Full Moon, Jupiter||ON|
|April 14**, 8:00-9:30pm||Stars, Nebulae, Galaxies, and Other Treasures of the Night Sky||ON|
|April 21**, 8:00-9:30pm||Stars, Nebulae, Galaxies, and Other Treasures of the Night Sky||ON|
|April 28, 8:00-9:30pm||Crescent Moon, Jupiter||ON|
|May 5, 8:00-9:30pm||Moon, Jupiter||ON|
Directions to the public nights: On the evenings marked by ** in the above table we will start our show at the Observatory located on the 4th floor of the Mars Science Center. On the remaining evenings 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 Observatory.
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.
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 email@example.com or 508-286-3979.