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Public Outreach


A telescope peering into the night sky with the moon in the background.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the need to protect the health and safety of our community, all of our outreach activity has been suspended through the rest of 2020 and 2021. A decision will be announced in the future for Spring 2022.

Weekly Stargazing is sponsored by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Astronomy Club during the fall and spring semesters. We are closed from May - August during the Penn State summer sessions. However, stargazing is offered in mid-July as part of our AstroFest program.

During Friday evenings from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm, the public is welcome to join us on the roof of Davey Lab to observe planets, stars, and deep space objects like nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters that are currently visible in the sky using a variety of telescopes (weather permitting). There is no fee to attend, and no RSVP is necessary.

You have several options to find out if we will be open on a given Friday night:

  • Call 863-1234 and press 7 when asked
  • Follow our AstroFest Facebook page
  • Follow PSUObservatory on Twitter (please note, from Mon - Thu this is used for course related announcements about the observatory, and those sessions are closed to the public).