Public Events

No Observing Wednesday, November 30, 2022.

Visiting Van Vleck Observatory

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


 Public Observing  

The Astronomy Department is happy to announce that public observing is back! Please join us on  Wednesday evenings, weather permitting, from 8-9PM at Van Vleck Observatory. This event is open to the public, masks and proof of vaccination or WesID required.

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 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, schedule, and the COVID-19 policy 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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Clear Sky Chart:  Black background, blue writing "Observing @ Van Vleck"

Events Calendar

Mailing List

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