Hirsch Observatory Public Viewings to Resume March 11

Hirsch Observatory Public Viewings to Resume March 11

Student looks up at the sky through binoculars

March 8, 2023

The Rensselaer Astrophysical Society (RAS) invites the public to explore the wonders of the cosmos. After a pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, viewings at the Hirsch Observatory will resume on Saturday, March 11. The viewings, free and open to the public, will take place every Saturday through Saturday, November 18, from 8 to 10 p.m. 

Participants will have the opportunity to utilize a 16-inch telescope and several smaller telescopes and binoculars to view planets (Venus and Mars from March through July), the moon, and deep sky objects such as galaxies and star clusters.

The Hirsch Observatory can be found on the top floor of the Jonsson-Rowland Science Center on the RPI campus.

Viewings are dependent on weather and cancellations will be announced on the RAS website and discord server (link to server on website).


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