Public Events

Visiting Van Vleck Observatory

There are several choices for the public to visit the observatory and view the sky through our telescopes:

Rain or Shine Space Nights

Space Nights will happen every Wednesday at 8pm during the academic year.  Aimed at high school level and above, but all visitors are welcome.  Starts with a half-hour interactive presentation by a member of our department (astronomy majors, graduate students, or faculty) on some topic of space news or recent discoveries in astronomy, followed by observing through the telescopes if it's clear. 

Kids' Nights

Kids' Nights are the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at 7 or 8pm. Please see the calendar below for start times. Aimed at elementary school ages, but open to anyone.  Kid-friendly space-related activities led by our grad and undergrad students, including observing with our telescopes when it's clear.  

Monthly Saturday Night Observing (Runs All Year Long)

One Saturday a month. Organized and hosted by the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford (ASGH), these observing sessions use our refurbished 20" refracting telescope. For details please visit the ASGH website.

Group Visits

We are happy to host group visits for school groups, scouts, or other similar parties. We do not host private functions at the observatory. Day and night visits are possible. To schedule a group visit, please contact Roy Kilgard. Please note that group visits are limited in size. Groups wishing to observe through the telescope are limited to 12, while daytime tours can be somewhat larger.

CCSU Planetarium Shows

Join our friends at CCSU for a tour of the heavens in their planetarium. You can find schedules and details on their website.

Getting to the Observatory

Directions to the observatory can be found on our directions page

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Events Calendar

Mailing List

To keep up-to-date on all the events at the observatory, you may subscribe to our mailing list. To subscribe, send a blank email to: subscribe-astro-events@wesleyan.edu