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 Fall 2018
(All dates are Mondays)

  • September 17th 8pm-10pm Cancelled due to clouds/rain
  • October 1st 8pm-10pm
  • October 29th 8pm - 10pm  Cancelled due to clouds
  • November 5th 7pm - 9pm Cancelled due to rain
  • November 12th 7pm - 9pm Cancelled due to rain & clouds
  • December 3rd 7pm - 9pm Cancelled due to clouds 

Come and go at any time during the event, as it is "open house" style. Naked eye constellation tours start promptly at the beginning of the session and 30 minutes before the end.

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 6pm on the scheduled date. Cancellation of the Observatory Night will be announced at the top of this page (www.juniata.edu/observatory-nights) and also via our Twitter account (@JCAstronomy).

Large Groups
If you would like to bring a large group (10 or more people) to the Observatory, please contact Ms. Alison Earnhart at 814-641-3580 or at earnhart@juniata.edu about scheduling a Special Observatory Night for your organization.