Supple Science Observatory Hosts Stargazers Every Wednesday
The Supple Science Observatory, on the fourth floor of the Supple Science Building, houses a 16-inch diameter telescope that can magnify galaxies near and far. Adjacent to the telescope’s dome is an observing deck, where small portable telescopes may be used.
The observatory is open for public viewing Wednesday nights, weather permitting, starting around sundown. If the sky is cloudy, overcast or stormy, the observatory will not be open.
“My advice to all is, if you look up and don’t see many stars because of clouds, then our telescope won’t be able to see them either,” says Russell Doescher, the faculty director of the observatory. “It really is best to wait for clear skies.”
Visitors to the Supple Science Building will take the elevator to the fourth floor and follow the signs to take stairs to the observing deck. A wheelchair lift to the observatory will be available in the future; it is currently being serviced. The doors to the Supple Science Building are locked at 9 p.m., so be sure to arrive before that time.
The observatory is also available by appointment for group visits. Email Dr. Doescher at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a group visit to the observatory.