Public Telescope Nights at Ohio University Observatory

29 Jun

Telescope Nights are hosted by the Ohio University astronomy faculty and students. Visitors may see Lunar craters, Saturn’s rings, Jupiter, Mars, star clusters, or distant galaxies, depending on the time of year and sky conditions.

Telescope Nights are held at the Ohio University Observatory located at The Ridges on the Athens campus. Telescope nights are free and open to the public.

Where is the Observatory and Where Should I Park?

Parking is available in university lots 202, 200, and 201, which are open to visitors after 5 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends. A permit is required 7 am- 5 pm, Monday through Friday. The lots are open to public all other times, unless reserved for a special event.

These lots are located near The Ridges Auditorium. Follow the stairs up the hill to Konneker Labs, proceed through the Konneker lot, and walk up Water Tower Drive to reach the Observatory at the summit.

Upcoming Telescope Nights

All events are scheduled for 9:30 pm-11 pm and will be canceled if the sky is cloudy or stormy.

June 2017

  • Friday, June 2
  • Saturday, June 3
  • Wednesday, June 14
  • Friday, June 30

July 2017

  • Saturday, July 1
  • Friday, July 14
  • Saturday, July 15
  • Friday, July 28
  • Saturday, July 29

For more information, please contact the Department of Physics & Astronomy via email at



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