Public Nights restarting this week!

After almost exactly 2 years away, we are finally able to resume public observing, starting this week. We will be observing every clear Thursday of the Spring 2022 term, starting Thursday, March 17, 2022.

You can find the whole term schedule on the Schedule Page.

Because of ongoing COVID restrictions on campus, public observing is open to members of the Bennington College campus only. We hope, soon, to be able to open to the larger town community, but we do not yet know when that will be.

So, for members of the college community, public observing will be this Thursday, March 17, 2022, starting at 8pm EDT at Stickney Observatory.

As always, we can only observe if skies are clear, so please make sure to check this page after 5pm to see if we’ll be able to observe.

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Public Observing ON for tonight (5/12)

The skies look to be partly cloudy tonight, but that’s good enough to try. Observing is on for members of the Bennington College community starting tonight at 9pm. Hope to see you out there!

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No public observing tonight (May 5)

Aaaaaaand, we’re back to cloudy weather. No observing tonight. Hopefully things will look better next week!

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No Public Observing this week (April 28)

In a bit of supreme irony, the weather forecast looks great for this Thursday. However, because of the current COVID case counts on campus, we cannot hold in-person public events this week. Hopefully things will work out better next week!

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No observing tonight (4/21)

Observing is cancelled for tonight due to clouds. We will try again next week. Because we’d like to observe and Thursdays have been so miserable this spring, we are looking to add “bonus” observing nights in May, as weather allows. They’ll be announced here, so keep an eye out.

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No Public Observing tonight (4/14)

No. We don’t have a bot that simply copies the same post from one week to the next. However, the post this week is the same as last week — clouds and the threat of thunderstorms mean that we have to cancel observing for tonight.

If you’re wondering about the tools we use to predict clear nights, part of it is just looking out the window, but we also make serious use of the Clear Sky Chart for Stickney Observatory. Take a look and you can see when it’s going to be clear, too!

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No Public Observing tonight (4/7)

Even by New England standards, the run of cloudy weather we’ve had is unusual. Still, though, tonight looks to be another cloudy/rainy night, so we’ll have to cancel public observing. Hopefully next Thursday night will be better!

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No Public Observing tonight (3/31)

Our recent weather pattern has really been limited clear nights. Unfortunately, we need to cancel again tonight due to cloudy skies. Hopefully next Thursday (April 7) will be more clear! We’ll start at 8:30pm next Thursday if the weather allows.

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No Public Observing tonight (3/24)

Unfortunately, it looks like the clouds are here to stay today. So, no observing tonight. We’ll try next Thursday (March 31) at 8pm!

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No public observing tonight (3/17)

Clouds look like they’re going to stay around for most of the evening tonight, so we are going to cancel public observing tonight. We’ll try again next Thursday (3/24) at 8pm!

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