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Upcoming Sessions

The next public observing session will be held on
Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9-11 p.m.

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Viewing Opportunities at the UNH Observatory

Free Public Sessions

  • The first and third Saturday of every month: 8-10 pm from September through March and 9-11 pm from April through August
  • Makes a great family outing!

Free Private Sessions

  • For groups of 8 or more
  • Can be set up weeknights or weekends (based on availability) 
  • A great idea for birthday parties, school trips, Boy/Cub/Girl Scouts, couples night, and so much more!! 
  • For more information, email us at unh.observer@unh.edu

Other Events

Periodically throughout the year, the UNH Observatory hosts or is involved in other various special events at UNH and around the Seacoast. Be sure to check our website often to keep in the know!

  • New England Fall Astronomy Festival
    • Since 2011, the UNH Physics Department has teamed up with the NH Astronomical Society to bring this free, family-friendly event to the public.
    • Enjoy talks by amateurs and experts, hands-on games and activities, educational presentations and stories for kids, interaction with space science researchers and students from UNH, displays from other NH science advocates like the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center and the Margaret and H.A. Rey Center, and of course observing from dozens of telescopes!
  • Sidewalk Astronomy
    • Join the UNH Observatory staff as we sporadically take to the streets of Durham to bring the skies to you.
    • You may find us at one of our viewing stations on campus: 
      • in front of the Wildcat statue in front of the Whittemore Center. 
      • in the traffic triangle at the intersection of Main Street and Mill Road.
    • These events are free and open to any interested in getting a chance to look at the night sky.
    • These events are weather permitting and will not be held in the event of cloudy skies, rain, or snow.