Public Nights at the Observatory - Special Summer Solstice Celebration

Wednesday, June 20
8 p.m.-11:59 p.m.
Observatory (3rd floor)
Science Learning and Research Center (SLRC)
  • Celebrate the Summer Solstice a day early with the UM-Dearborn astronomers and the campus Environmental Interpretive Center! We will gather in the lobby of the Science Learning and Research Center (SLRC) at 8:00 PM before beginning our naturalist-led summer stroll through the 300-acre Environmental Study Area toward Henry and Clara Ford's final residence, Fair Lane. From the terrace looking up the Great Meadow, we'll enjoy the sunset and bear witness to Danish landscape artist Jens Jensen's "Path of the Setting Sun" design as the sun gracefully slips into the notch in the trees at the end of Fair Lane Lake around 9:15 pm. From there, we'll return to the SLC by 9:40 pm and visit the campus Observatory on the third floor of the SLRC for some astronomical sky watching.* Go for the walk, stay for the stars - or pick your pleasure! 
  • 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.
  • 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), on the third floor.
  • Those attending a Public Observing Session to fulfill a class requirement or for extra credit should be aware that staff resources are limited during the public session. Plan on being at the Observatory at least 30 to 45 minutes so that you have adequate time to complete the extra credit assignment. Please do not arrive any later than 30 minutes before the end of the event.
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University of Michigan-Dearborn Observatory


Carrie Swift

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