Observatory Events & News


ObservatoryNight

2018-19 Events

  • Monday, September 3, 2018, 8:45-10:45 PM: Star Party at Pew Observatory (open to all).  See several planets (Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Neptune) as well as deep sky objects like the Ring Nebula in Lyra and the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules.
  • September 13, 2018, 8:30-10 PM.  Observatory Night for Rome High (for RHS astronomy students).
  • September 28, 2018, 8-10 PM.  Star Party at Pew Observatory (open to all).  Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, deep sky objects.
  • October 8, 2018, 9-11 PM. Star Party at Pew Observatory (open to all).  Saturn, Mars, Draconid meteor shower, deep sky objects.
  • October 11, 2018, 8-10 PM.  Observatory Night for Silent Sky (for cast and crew of BCTC's Silent Sky).
  • November 11, 2018, 6:30-8 PM.  Observatory Night for Berry 4th Grade (for 4th grade class at BCES).
  • November 12, 2018, 7:30-9.  Observatory Night for Rome High (for RHS astronomy students).
  • November 16, 2018, 8-10 PM.  Star Party at Pew Observatory (open to all).  Mars, the Moon.
  • January 20, 2019, 10:30 PM to 1:30 AM (on Jan 21).  Lunar Eclipse Party at Pew Observatory (open to all).  Partial eclipse begins around 10:30, totality begins around 11:40, totality ends around 12:40, partial eclipse ends around 1:50.
  • February 22, 2019, 8-10 PM.  Star Party at Pew Observatory (open to all).  Mars, the Orion Nebula.
  • April 8, 2019, 9-11 PM.  Star Party at Pew Observatory (open to all).  Mars, a crescent Moon.
  • April 19, 2019, 9-11 PM.  Star Party at Pew Observatory (open to all). Mars, the Moon (late).

Observatory News

  • We are hoping to raise funds to construct a new observatory facility. The plan is to purchase two pre-fab buildings (one roll-off roof structure, and one small dome). We are considering changing the location of the observatory, perhaps moving it to a more convenient site near Frost Chapel.
  • Our old Celestron 14 inch SCT has been refurbished with a new corrector plate. We aren't sure when we will get this telescope set up. It may need to wait for a new observatory building.

The 2018 Great American Solar Eclipse

The Great American Solar Eclipse has ended, but you can find out about all the things we did for the eclipse at the Berry College Solar Eclipse web page.