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. (more information)
Talks and activities happen at the scheduled time rain or shine, and telescopic observing only if skies are clear.
- Fri. September 5: Come celebrate International Observe the Moon Night with us from 7:30-9:30pm featuring
- 7:30pm tour of the Observatory's historic 12" refractor
- 7:45pm presentation by Professor Wendy Bauer entitled One Giant Leap--what Apollo taught us about the Moon (and a close-up view of our own little piece of Moon rock!)
- dark until 9:30 telescopes will be open for Moon viewing if weather permits.
- October TBD
- November TBD
- December TBD