Enjoy the beauty of the night sky using high powered telescopes and learn about what you’re seeing from astronomists. Most Wednesday nights throughout the year you can take advantage of the Boston University Observatory FREE during their Public Open Nights at the Observatory.
The Public Open Night at the Observatory is a chance for people to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars and see things they otherwise might not get to see, and learn some astronomy as well.
The program starts promptly at 7:30pm during the fall and winter months, and 8:30pm during the spring and summer months. These events are weather permitting since the weather is a big factor in what and if you can see anything in the night sky. The Open Night will be cancelled if there are clouds, haze, or rain. To find out if the Open Night will be held, call our information number at 617-353-2630, no earlier than two hours before the scheduled starting time. Remember, it gets very cold in Boston in the winter and the telescopes are outside, so dress warmly.
Please arrive early as there is no admittance once the program begins. They start admitting ticketed guests 10 minutes before the program begins. Right before the program starts and after all the ticketed guests that are present are admitted, they will admit any non-ticketed guests until we reach capacity.