UM-Dearborn Observatory

Advancing knowledge of astronomy through education, outreach and research.

Public Nights at the Observatory

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will be held on the following dates, weather permitting:

July 19 10:00pm to 12:00am

July 26 10:00pm to 12:00am

August 2   9:30pm to 11:30pm

August 16  9:30pm to 11:30pm

August 23  9:00pm to 11:00pm

September 6  9:00pm to 11:00 pm

September 13  8:30pm to 10:30pm

October 4  8:00pm to 10:00pm

October 11  8:00pm to 10:00pm

October 25 7:30pm to 9:30pm


Public nights allow visitors to experience the wonder of the night sky using the Observatory's telescopes with the help of the Observatory's staff of astronomers. Learn about the Moon, the planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies and see them yourself through our telescopes. 
•    Observing sessions require suitable sky conditions. To learn the status of any event, check the Observatory's home page beginning one hour before the event.  Inclement weather or other unforeseen adverse circumstances may cause the cancellation of a scheduled event.
•    All sessions are free and open to the public. These events are family friendly, but best suited to children over the age of 5. 
•    Observing sessions are primarily held outdoors. Please dress appropriately for personal comfort during your visit.
•    The Observatory is located on the main campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, in the Science Learning and Research Center (SLRC). Park in the parking lot behind the SLRC (Parking Lot A) and enter the building through the west door. Take the elevator to the third floor, and turn left to go through the double doors to the observing deck.

We at the University of Michigan - Dearborn Observatory believe that everyone should have a basic understanding of astronomy in order to appreciate the beauty and complexity of our Universe.

Since ancient times, mankind has looked to the heavens and told stories to explain the wonders of the night sky. Astronomy tells the scientific story of the Universe, the story that seeks to explain all celestial phenomena, from the phases of the Moon and the orbits of the planets, to the birth and death of stars and the beginning and end of the Universe.

Astronomy teaches us both that we are seemingly insignificant in the vastness of space, and that with the application of human intellect we can answer some of the most fundamental questions of science - how the Universe was born, how the elements that make the Earth came to be, and whether we are alone in the Universe.

The Observatory's goals include:
  • Providing educational and research opportunities in astronomy to students at University of Michigan-Dearborn and Henry Ford College
  • Promoting science literacy through K-12 Outreach Programs
  • Advancing the general knowledge of astronomy through public outreach events

Science Learning Research Center

University of Michigan - Dearborn Observatory - Science Learning and Research Center
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
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