After some clear skies today, clouds have returned and it looks like they'll be staying through the overnight hours. Therefore, tonight's (May 2) schedule Observatory Night is cancelled.

It has not been a good semester for celestial observing! Observatory Nights will return in fall 2016 – watch this space! – and we can only hope for better weather then.

Juniata College Observatory Nights

Juniata College hosts Observatory Nights throughout the year that are free and open to everyone. All ages are welcome, and no preregistration is required. Participants will be able to use the telescopes at the Juniata College Observatory to observe a variety of celestial objects, which will vary with the seasons.

Dates for Spring 2016
(All dates are Mondays)

  • February 1 - Cancelled
  • February 15 - Cancelled
  • February 29
  • March 14 - Cancelled
  • March 28 - Cancelled
  • April 11 - Cancelled
  • May 2 - Cancelled

Come at any time between 8 pm and 10 pm

Observatory Nights will be held at the Paul E. Hickes Observatory on the Juniata College campus.

Download the Juniata College campus map. The Observatory is number 28 on the map, at the far left.

The Observatory is located behind Brumbaugh Academic Center. Follow Mifflin Street north until it ends one block past 18th Street. Park in the parking lot behind BAC, and walk up the hill to the Observatory. Follow the red lights!

Dress for the Conditions
The Observatory is outdoors and open to the elements. Please dress appropriately for the conditions with hats, gloves, and warm coats.

The Observatory Night will be canceled in the event of clouds, rain, or snow. The decision to cancel will be made before 5pm on the scheduled date. Cancellation of the Observatory Night will be announced at the top of this page (

Large Groups
If you would like to bring a large group (10 or more people) to the Observatory, please contact Dr. Matthew Beaky at 814-641-3550 or at about scheduling a Special Observatory Night for your organization.