Observatory Events



A Night Under the Stars poster, observatory stargazing event at Connecticut CollegeA Night Under the Stars

Fall Star Gazing at the Olin Observatory at Connecticut College

Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 7:30-10 p.m. in the Olin Science Center and Olin Observatory

All are welcome to come and view the moon, globular clusters, the Andromeda galaxy, and more through our telescopes. We will also hold a star and constellation spotting session for those new to the night sky – all outdoor activities are weather permitting. There will be several indoor adult and kids hands-on astronomy activities occurring concurrently as well as several astronomy talks.

The talks will be:

- Mr. Bruce Levine, Treworgy Planetarium at Mystic Seaport, presents a special talk for kids, “Learning about the Phases of the Moon”

- Mr. Geoff McLean , Thames Amateur Astronomical Society member, “Mars: It's Dead Jim, But Was It Ever Alive?”

- Dr. Carl Tjerandsen, Thames Amateur Astronomical Society member, “Celestial Targets for Binoculars in the Fall Skies of New England”

This event will be held clear or cloudy skies and is free and open to the campus and to the surrounding communities. Brought to you by the volunteers of the Connecticut College Physics, Astronomy and Geophysics Department, the Thames Amateur Astronomical Society and the Treworgy Planetarium at Mystic Seaport.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact, Dr. Leslie Brown, 860-439-2345 or lfbro@conncoll.edu

The Olin Observatory

All Olin Observatory events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Professor Leslie Brown 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, Conn. 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, Conn. 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 website for dates and hours.

The Yale astronomy department holds public viewing evenings in New Haven, Conn. Check their website for more information.

Local Astronomy Club: TAAS, The Thames Amateur Astronomical Society, based in the New London, Conn. 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 website for the annual spring STARCONN event.

Contact Information:

Phone:
860-439-5030

Fax:
860-439-5011

Email dmtho@conncoll.edu

Doug Thompson, Department Chair
Box 5553, Dept. of Physics, Astronomy and Geophysics
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320