About once a month during the spring and fall semesters, Wellesley students and faculty open the Observatory to members of the public. Visitors are invited to take a tour, listen to talks, and (when clear) look through our 6-inch and 12-inch telescopes.
Public nights are free and will be held regardless of weather conditions. No reservations are required.
Children must be supervised by their grownups. We regret that we cannot accommodate groups.
If you are visiting us for a Whitin Night, please know that the Observatory driveway and circle are closed to vehicles after sunset. Please see this link for directions and information about parking.
Spring 2017 (see previous events on Facebook)
Talks and activities happen at the scheduled time, rain or shine, and telescopic observing only if skies are clear.
2/3 Friday, 7:00 PM: Kid's Night at the Observatory: Black Holes! Activities & talks designed for children (organizer: C. Hundal '18).
3/4 Saturday, 7:00 PM: All About Eclipses: a talk by M. Beck '19.
4/7 Friday, 7:30 PM: Glimpses of the Cosmic Dawn: talk by Alex Ji, MIT graduate student in astronomy and physics