Public Observing at the KSU/NASA Observatory
41° 8' 31" N latitude 81° 19' 56" W longitude
Join us for a Total Lunar Eclipse
Saturday, November 8 from 6 pm. The Moon will rise partially eclipsed,
and the total eclipse begins at 8:06pm. Since weather conditions
are unpredictable, check this site for the most up-to-date
information on observing.
As of 7pm, we are completely overcast with no forecast
of clear skies before midnight. The lunar eclipse
of 2003 will not be visible from Northeast Ohio.
For many years, the physics department operated a 12-inch telescope
in an observatory located near the highest elevation on campus, close
to the Police Department. That facility was dismantled to make way for
a water tower. In November 1997, a new robotic 12-inch telescope was
put into service, jointly sponsored and operated
for public viewing by the physics department and a
project in the College of Education.
The KSU/NASA observatory is normally open for public observing on
beginning about one-half hour after sunset and lasting
until about 10:30 pm. The sessions are free and open to all ages.
The observatory is staffed by
Kent State University students who
will show you the wonders
of the night sky.
How to find us
This Week's Sky
Some Helpful Reminders About Public Observing Sessions
- There may be evenings where changing weather
conditions force us to close early. If the weather looks marginal, please call
(330) 672-9747 to confirm that we are indeed open.
- The Observatory is not heated. If you plan visit us in the winter
months, please dress accordingly.
- The Observatory is located at the end of a gravel driveway
(approx. 200 ft. long)
- If you or someone in your party has special needs,
please contact the Department of Physics in advance,
and we shall try to provide appropriate accommodations.
- The Observatory does not have restrooms.
- The dome proper only has room for about 8 people at once.
We try to have a person outside the structure to answer questions,
and often attending a portable telescope on the terrace.
- If you have binoculars you may want to bring them. There are
many interesting objects that are visible with binoculars that
you cannot see with the unaided eye.
Last updated on October 19, 2001.