Upcoming Events

Monday, April 8, 2024 -- View the Solar Eclipse with us -- eclipse glasses distributed at event.

Location: Van Vleck Observatory, 96 Foss Hill Drive, Middletown, CT 06459

Time: 2:30-4:30PM, maximum viewing 3:27PM

No registration needed, more information to follow.

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Can't make the event but still want to view the eclipse safely? Eye Safety Eclipse Viewers

Past Events

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The Wesleyan Astronomy Department -- with support from The Resource Center, The Office for Equity & Inclusion, Wesleyan Women in Science, and City of Middletown’s Pride Commission -- is proud to announce our first annual Star Gay-zing event as part of the Wesleyan Pride Month 2023 schedule. 

Bring your friends and meet us under the stars at the Van Vleck Observatory on Thursday, October 12th 7-9pm. Check out Jupiter & Saturn through a telescope, enjoy treats baked by Tony's Flour Shop, mini talks on LGBT topics in astronomy, a planetarium show, and more. All ages, genders, identities, and majors welcome! 

Address: 96 Foss Hill Drive, Middletown, CT

Attendees must follow Wesleyan's current COVID visitor policies, available here: https://www.wesleyan.edu/keep-wes-safe/


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Hey Middletown! Did you know that on Saturday, October 14 at about 1:30pm, we're getting a little glimpse of solar eclipse? The Sun will look like a cookie with a bite taken out of one side (about 20% eclipsed). You can watch (safely, please!) from anywhere in Middletown that can see the Sun, but if you'd like to join Russell Library and Wesleyan's Van Vleck Observatory, please come out to Foss Hill for a pair of eclipse glasses, a peek through our solar telescopes, and a chance to talk about eclipses with astronomy students (in English or en Español... your choice)!