OAS News

Have a safe and wonderful summer!



The Observatory, run by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, is located at College Camp. Public observing opportunities occur throughout the year and are advertised through the Department. Don't forget that all viewings are subject to the weather.

More information about the Observatory can be found here Oneonta Astronomy Program.

Each observing night will be preceded by a public planetarium show at 7:00 p.m. where the constellations, stars, and planets of the evening will be introduced, along with a short movie. Please bear in mind that due to the frequent cloudy or inclement weather in upstate New York, many observing nights will inevitably be cancelled.

Public viewings for Spring 2015 have been scheduled:

  • Thursday 26 February, 2015
    Planetarium: Sky Talk: The Winter Circle Through binoculars, the Rosetta Mission, and a preview of Dawn at Ceres Show: "Secret Lives of Stars"
    Observatory: Featured Objects: Pleiades, the Orion Nebula, the Moon

  • Thursday 19 March, 2015
    Planetarium: Sky Talk: Jupiter and its Moons, update from Dawn, and a preview of New Horizons at Pluto Show: "Two Small Pieces of Glass"
    Observatory: Featured Objects: Venus, Sirius A and B, Eskimo Nebula

  • Thursday, 16 April, 2015
    Planetarium: Sky Talk: The η Aquarid Meteor Shower, Spring Messier Objects Show: "Secrets of the Sun"
    Observatory: Beehive Cluster, Owl Nebula, Whirlpool Galaxy

  • Thursday, 7 May, 2015
    Planetarium: Sky Talk: Early Summer Galaxies, the latest from Pluto and Ceres Show: "Wonders of the Universe"
    Observatory: M81, M82, Virgo Cluster

Dr. Smolinski photographed the comet
C/2011 L4 (PAN-STARRS) over the SUNY Oneonta Baseball Fields near College Camp on March 17, 2013.