Public Nights

Macalester observatory

Public nights fall semester 2015 will be held on the following dates, weather permitting:

Sunday, 13 Sep., 8:30-10:30 PM
Sunday, 27 Sep., 8:30-10:30 PM (Lunar eclipse!)
Sunday, 11 Oct., 8:30-10:30 PM
Sunday, 25 Oct., 8:30-10:30 PM
Sunday, 8 Nov., 7:30-9:30 PM
Sunday, 22 Nov., 7:30-9:30 PM
Sunday, 6 Dec., 7:30-9:30 PM

Public Nights can be canceled on any given week due to cloudy skies or other inclement weather.  In case cancellations, we will, whenever possible, offer alternate dates on Thursdays following each scheduled Sunday session. (Note that if the session on 22 Nov. is cancelled, there will not be an alternate night on Thursday, 26 Nov. due to the Thanksgiving holiday.) 

Public Nights is an ongoing event which allows the entire Macalester community to take advantage of the college's science-grade observatory.

St. Paul Clear Sky Clock
See for predictions regarding sky conditions at the observatory up to about 36 hours in advance.

Observatory Tours/Observing sessions for private groups

It may be possible to schedule a private tour or observing session for a small group when our schedule permits. Please contact Brian Adams at 651-696-6456 for more information.