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 2014


Due to the cloudy weather, our Open House program will be held in Neils Science Center this evening.

Please join us in the lobby at 8:30 pm for a planetarium show and slide show tour of the Universe!

The Department of Physics & Astronomy, Valparaiso University continues its series of public astronomy programs for Fall 2014.  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., Aug. 29         8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory

  • Fri., Sep. 12         8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory

  • Fri., Sep. 26         7:30-8:30  Public Talk "Solving a Cosmic Mystery with Two White Dwarfs"

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

  • Fri., Oct. 17          8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory

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

  • Fri., Oct.  31         7:30-8:30  Public Talk "The Births and Deaths of Stars: How Did the Solar System Form and What Is Its Fate?"

        8:30-9:30 p.m.  Observatory

  • Fri., Nov.  14        8:30-9:30 p.m.  Observatory

  • Fri., Dec.    5        8:30-9:30 p.m.  Observatory



Special public lectures:

            Sep. 26: Dr. Patrick Motl, Indiana University Kokomo, "Solving a Cosmic Mystery with Two White Dwarfs", Neils Science Center 224

                Oct. 31: Dr. Joel Kastner, Rochester Institute of Technology, "The Births and Deaths of Stars: How Did the Solar System Form, and What Is Its Fate?", 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