Astronomy

M27 Dumbbell Nebula. Image taken by ASTR 206 student using Whitin's 24" telescope (fall 2012).
Whitin Observatory. Image credit: Peter Vanderwarker
Needle Galaxy. Image taken by student researchers using Whitin's 24" telescope (summer 2012).
Painting by R. K. Fletcher, circa 1950.
Ring nebula. Image taken by student researchers using Whitin's 24" telescope (fall 2012).
Whitin Observatory. Image credit: Peter Vanderwarker
M64 Black Eye Galaxy. Image taken by student researchers using Whitin's 24" telescope (summer 2013).
Whitin Observatory. Image credit: Peter Vanderwarker
NGC 6888. Image taken by ASTR 206 student using Whitin's 24" telescope (summer 2013).

Welcome to the Astronomy Department and the Whitin Observatory 

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Our academic program is designed to serve both the novice stargazer who wants to explore the workings of the Universe and our place within it, and also majors who will make astronomy a central part of their future lives.

The Whitin Observatory is the home of the Wellesley College Astronomy Department and houses classrooms, astronomy laboratory facilities, the Astronomy Library, and faculty offices. Built in 1900, and enlarged in 1906, 1966, and 2010, it is considered an unusually fine facility for undergraduate training in astronomy, and the telescopes are used for College teaching activities and research observing nearly every clear night. We also open to members of the public during our monthly “Whitin Nights” events.

Our students have many opportunities to engage in astronomy-related activities beyond the formal curriculum. They learn to operate our historic and modern telescopes and serve as nighttime lab assistants, research assistants, and tour guides. They observe the sky for fun as part of the ASTRO Club. They can carry out research under the direction of Wellesley faculty and, during the summer, with faculty at other schools within the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium or other NSF-funded programs.

Friends of our Observatory are invited to keep in touch on Facebook. Wellesley Astronomy on Facebook

Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA
Lat. +42.295°, Long. −71.303°, Elev. 32 m
(display of ClearSky clock for Whitin)

Contact Us

Contact Us

Wellesley College Astronomy Department
Whitin Observatory 
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Tel: 781.283.2726 
Fax (in Science Center Office): 781.283.3642

 

Non-lab observing

Tues and Thurs @7pm and 8pm

1/29: observing is CLOSED