Oberlin College and Conservatory

Observatory and Taylor Planetarium, Peters Hall

Photo by Yvonne Gay Fowler

In the dome atop Peters Hall, an observatory features a telescope with a 14-inch aperture for viewing comets, stars, planets, and other astronomical phenomena. The telescope is also equipped with a CCD imaging camera. Installed on the adjacent outdoor viewing deck are five smaller telescopes. The observatory is open to the public (weather permitting) on the first and third Fridays of the month after sunset during the academic year. In addition, a small teaching planetarium projects the 1,000 brightest stars and the planets onto a dome 4 meters in diameter.

50 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

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Oberlin College Observatory

Public observing session, all are welcome. The fall sky is full of wonderful sights, and we'll show them to you.

11/2 7pm
Oberlin College Observatory

Public observing session, all are welcome. The moon will set early and the skies will be dark. Come check out the night skies.

11/9 7pm
Oberlin College Observatory

Public observing session, all are welcome. The late autumn sky awaits.

11/30 7pm
Oberlin College Observatory

Public observing session, all are welcome. Winter is almost here, and the winter sky is beautiful.

12/14 7pm

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Peter Asch

Peter Asch left a positive review 9/20/2013

One of the coolest parts of Oberlin! So many stars visible on a clear night