Public Events

We have several free public offerings for the community to come join us in observing using both the VU telescope and the SARA telescope.




SCHEDULE – Winter/Spring 2015



The Department of Physics & Astronomy, Valparaiso University continues its series of public astronomy programs for Winter/Spring 2015.  In addition to our regular Observatory Open House program we plan to give popular, illustrated public talks on two of these evenings (see below for details).  Each evening will include telescope viewing at the VU Observatory (clear nights) or a constellation program at the VU Planetarium (cloudy nights).  These are free and the public is invited.

  • Fri., Jan. 16          8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory
  • Thur., Jan 29          7:30-8:30    Public Talk "Galaxies, Stars, Planets, and Life: A Bountiful Universe"
  • Fri., Jan. 30          8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory
  • Fri., Feb. 13         8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory
  • Fri., Mar. 20          8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory
                                9:30-10:30 p.m.  SARA-South public observing
  • Fri., Apr. 10          7:30-8:30  Public Talk "Habitable Planets in the Universe"
                                8:30-9:30 p.m.  Observatory
  • Fri., Apr. 24         8:30-9:30 p.m.  Observatory


Special public lectures:

            Thursday, Jan. 29: Dr. Jennifer Wiseman (PhD, Harvard University), "Galaxies, Stars, Planets, and Life: A Bountiful Universe", Neils Science Center 234

                Friday, Apr. 10: Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, Ball State University, "Habitable Planets in the Universe", Neils Science Center 224

OBSERVATORY: On the clear nights, viewing will be carried out with the VU computer-controlled telescope.  Come and enjoy views of the moon, planets, star clusters and galaxies. Call 464-5202 or visit this website after 5 p.m. on these dates to confirm if the weather is clear enough for the Observatory to open. The schedule and maps are also available on the above web site.  (Groups should make separate arrangements by calling 464-5369.)

SARA OBSERVING:  On Mar. 20 the public is invited to join us in Neils Science Center 234 from 9:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m. in observing remotely with the SARA telescope in Chile.

SPONSORED BY: Valparaiso University Dept. of Physics & Astronomy

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