Astronomy Public Nights at the Cronyn Observatory occur weekly during May though August (every Saturday evening, 8:30-11pm), and monthly during October through April. If you are interested in our Fall/Winter group booking program, please see the Exploring the Stars program.
There is no charge, and no reservations are necessary; come and go as you please throughout the evening. The University has free parking on the weekends; check the "Visitor Parking" link.
This is a time to view the skies through the telescope and to pose your favorite questions to the astronomer hosting the evening. Objects viewed vary with the season, but might include the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, binary stars, star clusters, planetary nebulae, or galaxies. There is nothing like seeing these wonders with your own eyes! There will also be a presentation of general astronomical interest to be held in the lecture theatre at one or more times during the evening.
In the event of cloudy skies, the observatory will still be open for slides and a look at the telescopes, but closing time might be earlier.
Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada are also on hand with their portable telescopes set up on the Observatory balcony and front lawn. If you're interested in doing some astronomy as a hobby, these are the people to talk to.
The observatory is typically open once a month during the fall/winter and on special occasions.
Fall/Winter public nights start at 7:00pm; closing time is 9:00pm unless otherwise listed.
Monday December 12, 2016
Monday January 9, 2017
Saturday January 28, 2017
Monday February 13, 2017
Saturday February 25, 2017
Monday March 13, 2017
Saturday March 25, 2017 (8 - 10 pm)
Monday April 10, 2017 (8 - 10 pm)
The Observatory is open every Saturday evening during the months of May, June, July, and August.
Start time is 20:30 (8:30 p.m.). Closing time is 23:00 (11:00 p.m.).
The first summer public night for 2016 will be on Saturday, May 7; the last will be August 27.
A brief schedule of upcoming events can be found on the main Cronyn Observatory page.