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 February 27, 7pm "Pirates of the Constellations"-- a night aimed at kids. Features indoor activities, plus (if clear) views of the Moon through our telescopes. DRESS WARMLY as the domes are open to the outside air!
Fri April 10, 8pm "Human Spaceflight"--a talk by alum Lynn Geiger '13 now at MIT's Man-Vehicle Lab, plus (if clear) views through our telescopes.
- Fri May 1, 8:30pm, "Putting our Solar System into Context: Recent Exoplanet Discoveries from Kepler and new insights into Planet Formation" -- a talk by MIT Professor Hilke Schlichting. (And, the telescopes will be open until 10 if skies are clear!)