Did You Know? Fact #24.

didyouknowVVOThis week’s post details the weekly public observing events at the Van Vleck Observatory. Situated in the middle of Wesleyan’s campus, the Observatory plays host to a variety of astronomy-related events. From the Observatory website:


Organized and hosted by the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford (ASGH), this is a great opportunity to view the sky through our beautiful 20″ refractor. Refurbished in recent years in honor of Walter Scott “Scotty” Houston who used this instrument many nights, we can now share this telescope with the public on regular occasions. For details please visit the ASGH website.

2013 Schedule for public observing on our 20″ refractor:

May 11, 9:00pm-11:00pm

May 24, 9:00pm-11:00pm — Friday Commencement/Reunion Weekend Observing

May 25, 9:00pm-11:00pm — Saturday Commencement/Reunion Weekend Observing

June 15, 9:00pm-11:00pm

July 6, 9:00pm-11:00pm

August 3, 9:00pm-11:00pm

September 14, 9:00pm-11:00pm

October 12, 9:00pm-11:00pm

November 1, 9:00pm-11:00pm — Friday Homecoming/Family Weekend Observing

November 2, 9:00pm-11:00pm — Saturday Homecoming/Family Weekend Observing

November 9, 8:00pm-10:00pm

December 7, 8:00pm-10:00pm

January 4, 2014, 8:00pm-10:00pm


Van Vleck Observatory sponsors day and evening group visits to our institution. Daytime tours (usually reserved for school groups) consist of a brief lecture on current astronomical events that can be viewed from one’s back yard, a slide show, and a walk through of our facility. Evening tours are usually held on a predesignated evening, which may or may not coincide with Wednesday Public Observing, and are of a rain or shine, open-house nature. To schedule a group visit to the observatory, please contact Roy Kilgard. For Saturday observing, consult the ASGH website. For Wednesday observing, consult the Middletown weather forecast.”