The new observatory will provide powerful research tools for students in the field of astronomy and the opportunity for teachers, students and our community to discover the wonders of the universe.
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Thank you to all of our staff and supporters who have helped make this program successful, and a very special thank-you to our visitors! We hope to see you during the summer. Saturn is currently visible throughout the evening.
A breakdown of our events with approximate headcounts is available here.
The observatory will be open to the public at the following times during Summer 2013.
Please note that rain dates only occur if the previous date in the same month is canceled. Weather sometimes forces scheduled events to be canceled. Check an hour before each viewing session on Facebook, Twitter, or by calling the observatory hotline at 508-531-DARK to confirm whether the event will take place.
During viewing sessions, astronomy experts and enthusiasts are available to show you the wonders of the night skies and answer questions about astronomy. These sessions are free and made possible by the support of BSU's Physics department as well as the Dean's Office, Provost's Office, and the Office of External Affairs.
To ask questions about scheduled viewing nights, please contact Jamie Kern at email@example.com or call the observatory office at 508-531-2093. Weather sometimes forces scheduled events to be canceled. Check an hour before each viewing session on Facebook, Twitter, or by calling the observatory hotline at 508-531-DARK to confirm whether the event will take place. We look forward to seeing you!
For help finding the new Science Building and parking, see the campus map. The new Science Building is number 17 on this map.
To attend an observatory event, park in the West Campus Lot (this lot is directly behind the science building, and used to be called the chapel lot). When you enter the building on the first floor, walk toward the building's center until you see the large, open space called the atrium. You will see a large staircase and two elevators. If you wish to take the elevator (recommended for small children), take the right-hand elevator up to the 5th floor. You are now in the observatory! If you take the stairs, the main staircase only goes up to the 4th floor. At that point, follow the right-hand hallway to a red door that says "to room 500." Take this staircase up to the 5th floor. The observatory is then straight ahead.
Note that the telescope in the dome is intended for research - while we will at some point be able to display a live feed from this telescope, we will not be taking the public into the dome. View our equipment page to see the other telescopes we have.
Beginning in Spring 2012, the observatory staff is offering astronomy workshops for teachers and K-12 students. These workshops offer evening learning and exploration activities in astronomy for small groups, and are intended to occur directly before a viewing session. For more information, please contact Jamie Kern at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Modified: May 1, 2013
Dr. Martina Arndt
Professor and Chairwoman of Physics
Ms. Jamie Kern
Observatory Manager and Instructor in Physics
Mr. Joe Doyle
Observatory Curator and Instructor in Earth Science and Physics
Conant Science Building
24 Park Avenue
Bridgewater, MA 02325
Office: (508) 531-2093
Hotline: (508) 531-DARK (3275)