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Public and Family Nights

Public Nights have returned on a limited basis (see the COVID-19 page for details).  MCAO members and the public are invited to visit the Observatory on select Monday evenings at 8PM for Public Nights.  Programs include interactive lectures on astronomy and the opportunity to view the planets, moon and other objects through the telescope, weather permitting.  Planetarium programs will be held if the skies are cloudy.  Due to limited parking and seating at the observatory, admission is by reservation only and limited to 25 patrons. Public Night attendance is limited to adults and students 5th grade and above. If you are interested in making reservation, you can go to schedule of events page. Additionally, you can contact us using the Contact Form or call 302-654-6407 between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm Monday through Friday.  Please be aware that any emails or phone calls received after office hours on the day of an event, will not receive reservations.   Public nights will be presented even if the weather does not permit observation through the telescope. The admission fees are $5 for adults and $3 for children.  There is no admission cost for MCAO members, but reservations are still required.  If you are interested in becoming a MCAO member, please visit the Join page.  


Family Nights are scheduled throughout the year on selected Friday nights at 7:30PM or 8:00PM. These programs are opportunities for families to see and learn about astronomy by looking at and enjoying the sky and its wonders.  Reservations via the Contact Form or via phone are required. Admission fees are $5 for adults and $3 for children. You will receive a confirmation email when your spot is reserved.  Reservations are accepted up to 24 hours before the event.  

*Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions as the observations are outdoors. Clear skies will result in chilly to cold conditions even during the warmer months.

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