About Evening Activities at the Observatory
Night time is work time for classes and research at the Observatory. We regret that we're unable to receive calls and visitors after regular College business hours except during designated special events; we appreciate your consideration.
If you are visiting us for a designated evening special event, please note that the Observatory driveway and circle are closed to vehicles every night from sunset until sunrise. There are several reasons for restricting access to pedestrians only, the primary one being safety. There are no streetlights at the Observatory, and there may be people studying constellations, using portable outdoor telescopes, or just walking to/from the Observatory in twilight or in the dark. Headlights must not be used because they disrupt observers both in the domes and out on the grounds, and the rising heat plume from vehicle exhaust degrades the quality of images being taken by the 24-in research telescope.