Public Telescope Nights

Check out the night sky outside of Richardson Hall right on campus!

  • WHEN: 8-9 PM, Clear Thursdays:
    • September 4 to December 11, not November 27 (Thanksgiving)
    • 7:30 for small kids to see the first quarter Moon on September 4, October 2, October 30, and December 4.
  • WHERE: In front of Richardson Hall, a science and mathematics building, just east of the Student Center. Look for the telescopes near the construction fence for the CELS building.
  • TO SEE:
    • Constellations - Cygnus and Pegasus all fall
    • The Moon - featured on Sept. 4, Oct. 2 & 30, and Dec. 4
    • Planets - Saturn in early September, Uranus and Neptune in Oct. - Dec.
    • Star clusters - Pleiades in Nov. and Dec.
    • Double stars - Albireo all fall
    • Nebulae - Ring Nebula all fall
    • Galaxies - Andromeda all fall
    • and more

Our telescopes cannot see through clouds! Public Telescope Night will be cancelled if the weather is cloudy, very cold (< 20 F), or very windy. It is considered clear if you can see the moon or ten stars clearly.

Contact Dr. Marc Favata,, for more information.