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 2014


The Observatory Open House scheduled for tonight, Fri. Mar. 21 will be

moved to Neils Science Center due to the cloudy weather.


The Department of Physics & Astronomy, Valparaiso University continues its series of public astronomy programs for Fall 2013.  In addition to our regular Observatory Open House program we plan to give popular, illustrated public talks on two of these evenings.  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.  10         8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory

  • Fri., Jan.  24         8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory

  • Fri., Feb.  7           7:30-8:30  Public Talk - TBA

                                 8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory

  • Fri., Feb.  21         8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory

  • Fri., Mar.  21         8:30-9:30 p.m.  Observatory

  • Fri., Apr.   4          7:30-8:30  Public Talk "The World of Public Astronomy"

    8:30-9:30 p.m.  Observatory

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



Special public lectures:

                Feb. 7: Dr. Lara A. Philips, University of Notre Dame, TBA, Neils Science Center 224

                Apr. 4: Calumet Astronomical Society, "The World of Public Astronomy", 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.)


SPONSORED BY: Valparaiso University Dept. of Physics & Astronomy


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