Copyright 2019 - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

You can help us expand our public lecture series and keep the observatory the best in Florida.  Donate to the “Friends of the Embry-Riddle Observatory Fund” today!

Upcoming Dates Lecturer Lecture Topic
Friday, September 28th, 2018 Dr. Ronald Oliversen - Goddard Space Flight Center  When did the Moon get an Atmosphere?
Friday, November 16th, 2018 Dr. Michael Chaffin - Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado Boulder  Mars (full title forthcoming)
Sun/Mon, January 20th/21st, 2019 *Lunar Eclipse Star Party*

 8pm to 1am

Telescopes & Viewing on the Connolly Quad

Movie on the Union Lawn at 8pm

Join us for the evening as we observe the first total lunar eclipse in Central Florida since 2015!  There will not be another unit 2022!  The eclipse begins at 9:36pm with totality lasting from 11:41pm to 12:43am.

Free and open to the general public

Wear warm clothing, bring blankets and chairs

You are encouraged to bring your own telescope, binoculars and camera: (1) Setup your gear for yourself, or to share view with others (2) Setup may begin as early at 5:30pm (3)  We can help you learn how to use your telescope (4) Power supply will be limited and not guaranteed.

*Note: The observatory will not be open to the public during this event*


Friday, February 22nd, 2019 Dr. Bob Benjamin - University of Wisconsin Structure of the Milky Way
Friday, March, 29, 2019 No Public Lecture No Public Lecture
Friday, April 12th, 2019 TDB TBD

Public Lecture at 7pm (Willie Miller Auditorium)

Observations from 8pm - 11pm (College of Arts and Sciences)

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. 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.

There are typically several open house events during the fall and spring semesters hosted by ERAU's student Amateur Astronomy Club. Events are on selected Friday nights (see above). A public lecture is hosted at 7pm just before the Astronomy Open House. Observations will follow from 8pm to 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!

**1-meter Telescope Tickets**
Free tickets with tour times are distributed on the 2nd floor on a first come first served basis. Tickets are only available in person, and not distributed until 6:45pm the night of. Due to space limitations in the 1-meter dome there is a limit to how many people can observe through the 1-meter in a single night.

There are many other activities to explore: view a 3D poster gallery of images from Mars, interact with different types of telescopes and learn how they work, take a walking guided tour of the solar system, interact with our gravity-well simulator, see microscopic meteorites, see rockets built by students, perform physics and chemistry demonstrations with students, view informational astronomy posters, view our astrophotography gallery, and more! There is no fixed program for observations and no reservations are necessary.

Astronomy Open House nights are proudly sponsored and supported by: Embry-Riddle Observatories, Amateur Astronomy Club, and the Daytona Beach Campus Department of Physical Sciences.

Donations kindly accepted:

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 aufded93 @ erau . edu