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 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 are not being held.  Due to limited parking and seating at the observatory, admission is by  reservation only and limited to 15 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 from late spring to early fall on Friday nights at 8:00PM. These programs are opportunities for families with younger children to see and learn about astronomy by looking at and enjoying the sky and its wonders.  It is meant to teach young children from ages 6-12 about astronomy in simple terms they can really understand. Reservations via the Contact Form or via phone are required. Admission fees are $5 for adults and $3 for children.

*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.