Valpo Observatory Open House


Come and enjoy views of the moon, planets, star clusters, and galaxies. The observatory has several free opportunities for the public to observe using both Valpo’s telescope and the remotely-controlled telescope of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA).

The Department of Physics & Astronomy, Valparaiso University continues its series of public astronomy programs for Spring 2020.  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.

Upcoming Open Houses
Fri., Jan. 17 8:30 – 9:30 pm Observatory
Fri., Jan. 31 8:30 – 9:30 pm Observatory
Fri., Feb. 21 8:30 – 9:30 pm Observatory
Fri., Mar. 20 8:30 – 9:30 pm Observatory
Fri., Apr. 3 8:30 – 9:30 pm Observatory
Fri., Apr. 17 8:30 – 9:30 pm Observatory
  9:30 – 10:30 pm SARA Telescope Demo
Fri., May 1 8:30 – 9:30 pm Observatory
Special Public Lectures


SARA Observing

The public is invited to join us on Friday evening April 17 in Neils Science Center 234 from 9:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m. in observing remotely with the SARA telescope in the Canary Islands.

On clear nights, viewing will be carried out with Valpo’s computer-controlled telescope. Call 219.464.5202 or visit this website after 5 p.m. to confirm if the weather is clear enough for the Observatory to open.

(Groups should make separate arrangements by calling 219.464.5369.)

Open House Map