Schedule of Events at the SUNY Oneonta College Observatory


Below is the current schedule for public events. Check back here regularly, as it is updated every few months. No registration is necessary for the public observatory viewings. Next to the date for each observing night is a description of the featured objects for that night, although objects like galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae will be observed as well, depending on the time of night.

Public Observatory Viewings

Public Observing Nights - Fall 2014 Featured objects

Thursday, 26 February, 2015 - CANCELLED due to weather


Pleiades, Orion Nebula, Moon

Thursday, 19 March, 2015

Venus, Jupiter, Sirius A&B, Eskimo Nebula
Thursday, 16 April, 2015 - CANCELLED due to weather Beehive Cluster, Owl Nebula, Whirlpool Galaxy
Thursday, 7 May, 2015 M81, M82, Virgo Cluster


All observing nights will begin at 8:15 p.m. or sunset, whichever comes later. Please bear in mind that due to the frequent cloudy or inclement weather in upstate New York, many observing nights will inevitably be cancelled. To receive updates regarding the status of our public observatory events, please visit our Status Updates page. If you need any other information, please contact the campus astronomer, Joshua Nollenberg (Joshua.Nollenberg -at-, or Sheila Birkett (Sheila.Birkett -at-

Public Planetarium Shows

Each public observing night is preceded by a public planetarium program at 7:00 p.m., where the constellations, stars, and planets of the evening will be introduced along with a short movie. These programs are independent of each other, meaning that while registration is required for the planetarium shows, it is not required for the observatory programs. Additionally, the planetarium shows will be held as scheduled regardless of any observatory program cancellations. To register for a particular planetarium show, please visit our planetarium webpage.