The Olin Observatory
All Olin Observatory events are free and open to the public.
If you would like to be notified of Olin Observatory events, meteor showers, aurora, and other sky events, go to https://groups.google.com/a/conncoll.edu/ and search for the "ccastronomy" list. Once there, follow the instructions for becoming a member of this list. If you have any problems signing up, please contact Dr. Leslie Brown. If you would like to speak to someone about public events at, or tours of, the observatory, you can also phone Doc Brown, director of the Olin Observatory, at (860) 439-2345.
Directions to the College
Connecticut College is located off Rte. 32 in New London, CT. The Olin Science Center and the Olin Observatory are near the main campus entrance. At the top of the hill that forms the main campus entrance make a right at the guard shed. The Science Center is the first building on your right after you turn. The Observatory is located on the roof of the Olin Science Center. To reach the roof, take the elevator and push the OS button.
Other area astronomy resources
Frosty Drew Observatory near Charlestown, RI. Open every clear Friday night. For more info call 401-596-7688.
Wesleyan University's Van Vleck Observatory, located in Middletown, Connecticut. Public evenings are held on Wednesdays, weather permitting. For more information, call 860-685-3140.
The Midtown Observatory and planetarium at Western Connecticut State University, located in Danbury, Connecticut. For public viewing information, call 203-837-8671.
The Mystic Seaport Planetarium, located on the grounds of the Mystic Seaport conducts sextant and navigation workshops, planetrium programs on a wide range of celestial topics, and telescope viewing sessions.
Brown University's Ladd Observatory in Providence, RI, is open many Tuesday evenings, if clear. Call 401-863-2323 or check web site for dates and hours.
The Yale astronomy department holds public viewing evenings in New Haven, CT. Check their Web site for more information.
Local Astronomy Club: TAAS, The Thames Amateur Astronomical Society, based in the New London, CT area.
Local Astronomy Club: Skyscrapers,Inc., The Amateur Astronomy Society of Rhode Island.
Local Astronomy Club: ASGH, The Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford. Check their Web site for the annual spring STARCONN event.
Dr. Michael Monce, Department Chair
Box 5553, Dept. of Physics, Astronomy and Geophysics
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320