| March 18 -- May 3, 2013
|| Monday - Friday: 8.00-10:00 PM*
*Observing may end early in the event of low attendance or unfavorable sky conditions.
If you want to visit the observatory outside of regular hours, or with a group that is larger than 8 people, please give the observatory coordinator, Dr. AJ Poelarends, a call and he will arrange a time with you.
The Observatory is open for Astronomy Day, April 20, from 8PM till 10PM. Astronomy Day is an international effort to bring astronomy closer to the general public. On Astronomy Day, thousands of people who have never looked through a telescope will have an opportunity to see first hand what has so many amateur and professional astronomers all excited.
Several telescopes will be set up and pointed at various objects in the sky, including the planets Jupiter and Saturn, the famous Orion nebula, the Pleiades and the Moon. The new 24-inch telescope in the dome will be open for viewing as well.
If you always wanted to look through a telescope, or have questions about astronomy that you want answered, come to the Observatory at Wheaton College.
The observatory is located in the Science Building, on the corner of University Place and Howard Street. Parking is available across the street from at corner of Howard Street and College Avenue. Access to the observatory is from the 4th floor of the science building.
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Coordinates: 41.8661°N, 88.1069°W
Please contact the observatory coordinator, Dr. AJ Poelarends (630 752-5894), for group appointments (scouts, church, etc) or for individual appointments outside the regular opening hours.