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 – Fall 2015

The Department of Physics & Astronomy, Valparaiso University continues its series of public astronomy programs for Fall 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., Sep.  4          7:30-8:30  Public Talk "The death of stars viewed by satellite observatories" 
    8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory

  • Fri., Sep. 18         8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory

  • Fri., Oct.  2           8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory

  • Fri., Oct. 16          8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory

                                 9:30-10:30 p.m.  SARA-South public observing

  • Fri., Nov. 13         8:30-9:30 p.m.  Observatory

  • Fri., Dec.  4          7:30-8:30  Public Talk "Dark Matter
    8:30-9:30 p.m.  Observatory


Special public lectures:

            Friday, Sep. 4: Dr. Rodolfo Montez, Vanderbilt University, "The death of stars viewed by satellite observatories: A glimpse at the future of our Sun?", Neils Science Center 224

                Friday, Dec. 4: Dr. Lauren Pearce, Valparaiso University, "Dark Matter: Why Do We Believe It’s Out There and What Do We Know About It?", 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 Oct. 16 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


Observatory Open House Map