Macalester observatory

Fall 2019 Public Observing Nights

Macalester College Observatory
September 16 though December 9 2019
Monday evenings

During observing nights, our 16-inch telescope will be open for viewing and education. Public Nights is an ongoing student-run event which allows the greater Macalester College community to take advantage of the college’s science-grade observatory.

Weather permitting, potential targets include the Moon, planets, globular clusters, star clusters, binary star systems, galaxies, and planetary nebulae. In the case of cloudy skies, poor visibility, or precipitation, we will not be able to open the dome for observing; however, if you would still like to see the facilities and chat about the universe, our astronomy students will be present to show the dome and answer questions. Hope to see you there!

Weather Updates and Cancellations

For weather updates, cancellations or other amendments to this schedule, please refer to the  at .
Macalester Public Observing Nights Facebook group page:

Directions to Observatory

  1. To access the telescope, enter Olin Rice Hall via either of the NORTH entrances on the NORTH side of the building.
  2. Take the stairs or service elevator on the SOUTHWEST side of the building up to the fourth floor.
  3. Enter the first room on the left — you will see a spiral staircase.
  4. Ascend the spiral staircase to the roof. The dome is only accessible by this staircase.

Contact Info

Brian Adams
Laboratory Supervisor and Observatory Manager

Public Observing Nights Schedule

Time Date
8-11pm 16 September
8-11pm 23 September
8-11pm 30 September
8-11pm 7 October
8-11pm 14 October
8-11pm 21 October
8-11pm 28 October
8-11pm 4 November
8-11pm 11 November
8-11pm 18 November
8-11pm 25 November
8-11pm 2 December
8-11pm 9 December