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. Oct. 18: Observing the Nov. 3rd Solar Eclipse, talk by Prof. Wendy Bauer at 8:15pm (accompanied by observing from 8-10pm, weather permitting)
- Sat. Nov. 9: Comet ISON Blazes into Glory, talk by Michaela Fendrock '15 at 7:15pm, (accompanied by observing from 7-9pm, weather permitting)
- Fri. Dec. 6: The Sky is Falling: Impacts in the Solar System, talk by Prof. Wes Watters at 7:15pm, (accompanied by observing from 7-9pm, weather permitting)