Open House

The Astronomical Society frequently host free public open houses at the Observatory. Weather permitting, visitors have the opportunity to gaze through the 12-inch Warner & Swasey refractor as well as several smaller telescopes.

The usual open house schedule is on the FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH unless it is cloudy and then it will be the second Friday. The time of the open house varies with the season. May and August are typically 9:00 to 11:00 pm, December 6:00-8:00 pm.

There are occasionally open houses for special events such as a bright comet or eclipse. Those will be announced in the news.

If you want to be notified of upcoming Observatory open house join the e-mail guest list. Send your request to uias@illinois.edu to join. You will be kept informed of what is new at the Observatory and what the plans are for the next open house.