Night Sky Viewing
Night sky viewing is an open house, first-come, first-serve format; no reservation required. We don't charge for public viewing but we do recommend a donation of $5 per person. Programs are weather dependent. Not sure if we're open? Check the clear sky clock below.
Get a peek through our 16-inch research-grade telescope, guided by our resident astronomy docent Grant. You’ll have the opportunity to gaze upon galaxies, planets, star clusters, nebulae, and of course, the Moon! Scroll to the bottom of the page to see what's visible right now. Due to limited capacity inside the dome, you may have to wait in a short line before entering.
Current Night Sky Viewing Hours
Wednesday & Thursday
Friday & Saturday
* The Hopservatory will be closed March 22nd-25th / 29-30th.
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Our mobile Hydrogen Alpha telescope works by allowing hydrogen-alpha light to pass through while rejecting all other wavelengths. This filtering effect allows you to see only glowing hydrogen gas and gives you the contrast to see the Sun for what it really is: a dynamic, seething, and occasionally violent place where immense amounts of energy and hot gas are flung into space. The telescope's protective filters to keep us safe as we view features such as sunspots, solar flares, prominences and filaments.
Want a more intimate experience with the sky? Book a private tour for your friends, family, school group or business, limited to select Tuesday nights in the spring and summer. Programs fees start at $250/hour for groups up to twenty, and $50 extra/hour per additional 10 people. Full coverage scholarships are available for school groups.
For more information or to schedule your private tour, contact email@example.com