Public Outreach

Fan Mountain ObservatoryThe University of Virginia’s Astronomy Department will be hosting its Fall Open House at Fan Mountain Observatory on Friday, April 10th from dusk (about 7:45 pm) until about 11:30 pm.  All club members are invited to bring their telescopes, binoculars and any astronomical knowledge to share with the public.  Public attendees need to request free tickets by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to the University of Virginia Astronomy Department.  Tickets typically run out about a month before the event so public attendees need to get their request in early.

The UVA Public Outreach website has more information on how to obtain tickets.


Friday, May 1, 8:00 to 10:00 PM

Come enjoy learning about the stars and other celestial objects. We’ll start with a short talk in the education program to learn about the stars and planets. Then after the skies darken volunteers will help point out constellations and nebula. Bring your telescopes and binoculars to share views of the night sky with members of the public. Free and open to all. Meet in the field next to the barn at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. Cloudy skies will cancel the outdoor portion of this event. This event will recur on the odd months throughout the year.