Stargazing at Sommers-Bausch Observatory

Stargazing at Sommers-Bausch Observatory is free and open to the public on Friday nights. Image Source: Sommers-Bausch Observatory

Stargazing at Sommers-Bausch Observatory is free and open to the public on Friday nights. Image Source: Sommers-Bausch Observatory

Boulder, Colorado. June 26, 2014 – Free Public Open Houses are held on Sommers-Bausch Observatory’s Observing Deck on Friday evenings (weather permitting) throughout the spring, summer, and fall Semesters whenever the University of Colorado is in session.

The program at the Observatory is informal and the public is invited to stop by anytime after the observatory opens. Starting times are at 9:00 pm during the summer since the Sun sets so late with Daylight Savings Time in effect. Sessions typically last from 2 hours to 3 hours, depending on the weather, the quality of the night, and the enthusiasm and size of the crowd. There is no charge for the Observatory’s Open House nights.

In addition to SBO’s pier-mounted 16-inch and 18-inch telescopes, the observatory also has tripod-mounted binoculars and the world’s largest starwheel, for identifying bright stars and constellations. Depending on the staffing on a particular night, you may also be offered a chance to visit the 24-inch telescope, as well as additional smaller telescopes set up on the open deck for looking at the Moon and other bright celestial objects.

Most of the observatory’s evening programs are hosted by the APS Department’s graduate students, with an occasional faculty professor, researcher, local amateur astronomer, and/or undergraduate volunteer on hand as well. You can view a list of Open House Hosts online.

For more information about the stargazing program, visit the Sommers-Bausch Observatory website.