Public Open Nights

The Observatory is open to students, staff, and members of the public two or three nights per week during much of the school year. Visitors of all ages are welcome. Observations can only be made when skies are clear, so please be attentive to the weather, and check the facebook page or call us before you come. It can be surprisingly cold on the roof, so dress warmly. Student docents will be on hand to help visitors understand what they are seeing, and answer questions.

What you will see through the telescopes depends on the time of year, the phase of the Moon, and the positions of the planets in their orbits. Fall-semester highlights include the colorful double star Albireo, the great Hercules star cluster, and the Andromeda galaxy. Spring-semester highlights include the Pleiades star cluster, the Orion Nebula star-forming region, and the Crab supernova remnant-- left over from a star that exploded in 1054 AD. When Jupiter is up, as many as four of its moons may be visible. When Saturn is visible you will see its icy rings and its moon Titan. The Moon is a favorite whenever it's up, and is especially good to view during waxing crescent phase.