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 – Spring 2016

For tonight, Friday, April 29:

Due to the uncertain conditions, at present we will plan to have our

Planetarium show and slide show tour of the Universe

in Neils Science Center tonight at 8:30 pm.

If the clouds clear by 8:00 pm we will open the observatory

and will update this message.


The Department of Physics & Astronomy, Valparaiso University continues its series of public astronomy programs for Spring 2016.  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. 15          8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory

  • Fri., Jan. 29          8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory

  • Fri., Feb. 19          8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory

  • Fri., Mar. 18          7:30-8:30  Public Talk "Galactic Archaeology -- The Assembly of the Milky Way..." 
    8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory

  • Fri., Apr.   1           8:30-9:30 p.m.  Observatory 
    9:30-10:30 p.m.  SARA Telescope public observing

  • Thurs., Apr.  14    7:30-8:30 p.m.   Kress Lecture "It's not the heat, it's the humility"
  • Fri., Apr.  15          8:30-9:30 p.m.  Observatory
  • Fri., Apr.  29          8:30-9:30 p.m.  Observatory


    Special public lectures:

                Friday, Mar. 18: Dr. Timothy Beers, Notre Dame University, "Galactic Archaeology -- The Assembly of the Milky Way based on the First Age Map of the Galactic Halo", Neils Science Center 224

                Thursday, Apr. 14: Dr. Donald York, University of Chicago, "It's not the heat, it's the humility: the limits of knowledge", Neils Science Center 234

    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 April 1 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 or Arizona.

    SPONSORED BY: Valparaiso University Dept. of Physics & Astronomy


    Observatory Open House Map