NCSU Astronomy Open House


The next NC State Astronomy open house will be Friday night, April 22nd, at our Reedy Creek Observatory. All are invited for an evening of stargazing, constellation finding, telescope viewing of deep sky objects, and refreshments. The evening will get underway around 8:30 pm, which is approximately 30 minutes after sunset. Please see the website, linked below, for more information, including a map to the facility.

Visitors will be treated to observations of the planet Saturn, the Orion Nebula, various star clusters, binary star systems and hopefully a few deeper sky objects! Constellations and features of the night sky will also be pointed out. We encourage school-aged children and families to attend. Astronomy experts from the Physics department will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the night sky, stars, planets, galaxies, or anything else you can think of that is astronomy related. Inside the classroom building, we will have physics and astronomy demonstrations, as well as refreshments and chairs for a break from the viewing. Stop by inside when you arrive to have a cookie or watch a demonstration about starlight or cosmic rays, and sign our guest book.*

It is not necessary to be “on time” for this event*, as there is no scheduled presentation. Viewing will last until at least 10:00 pm, perhaps later depending on the traffic of visitors. You may arrive and leave any time between 8:30 and 10:00, whenever your schedule permits. The later you come, the darker the sky is, and darker skies mean better viewing.

RSVP is not necessary to attend, but would be helpful in giving us a general idea of how many people to expect. You may RSVP to Brian
Williams at

Please do NOT bring pets to the event. Also, flashlights will NOT be permitted in or near the viewing area (where all the people and telescopes are). If you wish to bring a flashlight for the walk up the road from the parking area, that’s fine, but please turn it off when you approach the lab site. Your eyes will adjust to the dark, and you’ll be amazed what you can see, even when it is “dark” out.



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