Welcome to the Montgomery College Astronomical Observatory!
During Observatory Guest Nights we use the college telescopes to view and learn about visible solar system objects, star clusters, and nebulae. We also spend some time looking at the sky with just our eyes in order to locate constellations and planets that can be seen this time of the year.
You'll leave with a star chart and the ability to find celestial objects on your own.
Astronomy faculty will be on hand to answer questions about the universe.
Some things to note:
Dress for the weather. The observatory is located outside on the roof of the Science Center. It can get chilly up there, even during spring and summer evenings.
We meet in Science Center room 406 (SC406). We go up to the roof as a group. If you're late, there will be a student in SC406 to escort you upstairs.
Events will be cancelled for cloudy or bad weather. I will make the call as soon as I am able, usually about 2 hours prior to the event start time. An announcement will be sent to the email address you registered with Eventbrite and I will post the status on the observatory website.
Children are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend, although campus policy prohibits children younger than five years of age on the roof.
Parking is free.
If you don't see a date on the drop-down menu above it's because we're booked. If you put yourself on the waitlist, you will be notified if someone cancels.
If you register but can't attend, please cancel so that someone else may have your spot.
Detailed directions can be found here.
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