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. There is a unique theme for each public night, so be sure to come often to expand your knowledge of the universe!
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.
Fall 2019 (see previous events on Facebook)
Talks and activities happen at the scheduled time, rain or shine, and telescopic observing only if skies are clear.
- Friday, September 27, 7-9 pm
- Theme: A History of Whitin Observatory
- Saturday, October 26, 7-9 pm
- Theme: Life in the Universe
- Friday, November 15, 7-9 pm
- Theme: The Moon & Friends
- Friday, December 6, 7-9 pm
- Theme: Student Project Showcase