Public Lecture and Observing on Friday 3/24/2023 and 4/28/2023!

Our next public observing session will be Friday 3/24/2023.  We will have a public lecture on the Moon by Dudley astronomer Dr. Mindy Townsend followed by observing through the telescope.  You need to register, so please reserve your spot on eventbrite

Our final public observing of the semester will be April 28th, with public lecture at 8 pm by Prof Nora Boyd on "Philosophy of Astrophysics: Stars, Simulations, and the Struggle to Determine What is Out There".  You need to register for observing, so reserve your spot on eventbrite!



Students observe Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)

Astrophysics majors Kristina Gatto and Ethan Jones led a remote observing session for the ASTR101 students.  They captured a nice color image of Comet C/2022 E3 using the Kepler FLI CMOS camera.  (Red=i, Green=r, Blue=g). The comet hasn't been this close to Earth in 50,000 years!

Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction, Friday Dec 18 at 5:30 pm

Live stream on Friday December 18 at 5:30 pm.  We will project a live image of Jupiter and Saturn.

New 0.7-m Telescope on the roof of Roger Bacon

The main telescope, which features a 27.5-inch diameter mirror, sits atop Roger Bacon Hall. The rooftop viewing platform also has permanent mounts for five smaller telescopes.   

The observatory was funded by a grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation and a generous gift from John J. Breyo ’68 H’02 and his wife, Marilyn Breyo; the observatory was named in their honor. The observatory opened for use in September 2018, and was formally dedicated on November 10.