General Astronomy Open House Info

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Upcoming Spring 2016 Astronomy Open House Dates:

Friday, February 5th (Lecture: Dr. Bharat Ratra, Kansas State University will speak on "Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Einstein's Cosmological Constant, and the Accelerating Universe")

Friday, March 4th (Lecture: Dr. Stephane Cousteau, Queen's University)

Friday, April 1st (Lecture: Dr. Pamela Marcum, SOFIA: Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy)

Public Lecture at 7pm, Observations from 8pm - 11pm

Our new observatory in the College of Arts and Sciences in ready for the 2015-2016 academic year! Weather permitting, celestial objects will be visible through a collection of telescopes from the roof-top observing deck and through our new 1-meter telescope from within the large dome.

General Information:

Please join us for the Astronomical Observatory Open House nights at ERAU's Daytona Beach campus! These free events allow the campus community and members of the general public of all ages to view the night sky through the Observatory's telescopes, ask questions, and learn about our universe.

There are typically six open house events during each academic year hosted by ERAU's student Amateur Astronomy Club. Events are on selected Friday nights (see above).

For the second year  there will also be a Public Lecture before the Astronomy Open House that will begin at 7pm. Observations will follow from 8pm - 11pm.

View the sky through many of the Observatory's telescopes and binoculars.  We have step stools so kids can reach the eyepiece!

In addition to viewing the night sky through our telescopes, explore our astronomy posters and take a walking tour of the solar system. There is no fixed program for observations and no reservations are necessary. Just drop by to see the stars!

Directions: The Astronomy Open House is no longer located behind the Lehman Engineering Building along the former creek. Please look for our new home in the College of Arts and Sciences Building with the 30-foot observatory dome on top.


If you have additional questions about the observatory, you can email damon @ observatory . db . erau . edu