UPDATE:A Cosmic Detective Story- The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater

UPDATE: The Observing session and lecture has been postponed due to poor weather to Monday, May 12th.  Talk at 8:00 PM and observing from 8:30 to 10 PM.

George Mason Observatory’s ‘Evenings Under the Stars’ series (where you’ll also get to look at awesome galaxies, stars, planets and more through our 0.8 meter telescope!) is back for Spring 2014!  The next event will be Monday, May 12th and will feature a talk by Greg Redfern on ‘A Cosmic Detective Story – The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater’! Talk at 8:00 PM. Observing starts at 8:30PM until 10:00PM. Arrive at the lobby of Research Hall. As always the event is free and everyone is invited!  We hope you can come out and join us!

Remember that there will only be one talk given during each observing session so make sure you don’t miss it!  Directions to GMU and Research Hall here: http://eagle.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.php   Zoom in to find Research Hall next to engineering building and York River Rd.  Keep an eye on twitter for updates – because the event has already been postponed once we’ll be holding the talk and event regardless of the weather – updates will be available here –

Spring 2014 Public Observing Schedule Up!

George Mason Observatory’s ‘Evenings Under the Stars’ series (where you’ll also get to look at awesome galaxies, stars, planets and more through our 0.8 meter telescope!) is back for Spring 2014!  The dates for all the events are on the google calendar and there will be posts with information about each session and talk as its date approaches.  Click on the title above for the full schedule!  As always the events are free and everyone is invited!  We hope you can come out and join us!

There are a few changes to this semester’s schedule.  First there will only be one talk given during each observing session so make sure you don’t miss it!  Also we have an especially exciting all astronomy/physics lecture packed schedule for this semester!  One thing will remain the same.  Our schedule is set up so that if we have poor weather on the day of the scheduled talk we can postpone the talk to the following monday.  In that case we’ll have the postponement notice up on our website and twitter by the afternoon at latest.  If there is poor weather on the new date as well the event will not be postponed and …

Spring 2014 observing schedule is now available


The George Mason University Observatory at the Fairfax Campus building Research Hall (map here), officially opened 24 January 2007. There will be a number of informal night sky observing sessions scheduled this semester. Attendance at these sessions is open to all students, faculty, staff and the interested public.

For information regarding visiting the observatory, directions, location, schedule, and guidelines, please see Observing.

Please note that the observing session will be canceled if the sky is more than half overcast one hour before the session is scheduled to begin, or if it is too windy (>30mph) to open the observatory dome. If in doubt, check back on this webpage before scheduled observing sessions.

Calendar of Events

Check here for up-to-date scheduling of upcoming events.