People looking up at the Milky Way

The first presentation is a whirlwind tour of astronomical wonders to spark your cosmic curiosity. From swirling galaxies to the life cycle of stars, this presentation aims to pique your interest and get you in the stargazing mood. The second presentation is a quick and practical overview of what’s happening in the sky that night. You will learn about the constellations, planets, and any special celestial events gracing our night canvas. Armed with newfound cosmic wisdom, it’s time to hit the observation area where our three main telescopes and knowledgeable guides are on hand to assist you in your journey to the stars.

Upcoming What’s Up Events in 2024

Purchase tickets here for any of the classes listed below!

  • May 2, 2024 from 8-10 PM
  • June 13, 2024 from 9-11 PM
  • July 11, 2024 from 9-11 PM
  • August 1, 2024 from 9-11 PM
  • September 5, 2024 from 8-10 PM
  • October 3, 2024 from 7-9 PM
  • November 21, 2024 from 7-9 PM
  • December 5, 2024 from 7-9 PM

Check out our other events on our calendar!


FAQs:

  1. Map and Directions
  2. Attendance is limited to 40 guests. Prior registration is highly recommended.
  3. Please account for extra time driving up the mountain and parking. This event starts on time with a presentation.
  4. Event Structure: Presentations are between 45-60 minutes followed by stargazing until the end of the event.
  5. Bring warm clothing, even in summer—observing is done outdoors.
  6. There is a short walk from the parking area to the Observatory and you may wish to bring a small red light flashlight or purchase one when booking your tickets. If you purchase a flashlight ahead of time it will be available for you when you check in.
  7. White Light: No white lights should be used after dark; the observatory is a red-light-only area to protect everyone’s night vision. We can supply red cellophane to cover flashlights. Please note:
    ◦ Bring a SMALL flashlight (large camp lanterns, light sticks, etc., cannot be adequately covered by red cellophane).
    ◦ Cell phones or cell-phone flashlights are acceptable but must be covered in red cellophane. (No cell service at the observatory).
    ◦ Some head lamps are difficult to cover with red cellophane. Once covered, head lamps should be worn around the neck or used pointing down as they are usually very bright at eye level.
    ◦ Red flashlights are available for $5 at the observatory.
  8. Alcohol is prohibited on Observatory grounds.
  9. The Observatory is not open to the public except for scheduled events.

For current conditions click on this link or the image below: Clear Sky Chart

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