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 Fall 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., Aug. 26          8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory
  • Fri., Sep.   9          8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory
  • Fri., Sep. 23          8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory
  • Fri., Oct.   7           7:30-8:30  Public Talk “The Monster Lurking at the Heart of the Milky Way
    8:30-9:30 p.m.   Observatory
    9:30-10:30 p.m.  SARA Telescope public observing
  • Fri., Oct.  28          8:30-9:30 p.m.  Observatory
  • Fri., Nov.   4          7:30-8:30  Public Talk “Astrobiology: Exploring Life’s Connection to Space
    8:30-9:30 p.m.  Observatory
  • Fri., Dec.   2          8:30-9:30 p.m.  Observatory

Special public lectures: –

            Friday, Oct. 7: Dr. Brian Murphy, Butler University, “The Monster Lurking at the Heart of the Milky Way”, Neils Science Center 234, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Friday, Nov. 4: Dr. Alissa Bans, Valparaiso University, “Astrobiology: Exploring Life’s Connection to Space”, Neils Science Center 224, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

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.)

On October 7 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 Arizona.

Open House Map