Western Connecticut State University’s Westside observatory will host free, public planetarium shows and viewing parties on multiple Saturday evenings this spring. The observatory is on the university’s Westside campus, located at 43 Lake Avenue Ext. in Danbury, between the Westside Campus Center and Pinney Hall on top of a small hill. The entrance road faces the front of Pinney Hall.

Planetarium shows will run for an hour. The times will vary with the sunset. After the show, the public is invited to view the night sky through individual telescopes or take turns with the large 20-inch telescope. Telescope viewing will run for two hours, weather permitting.

Schedule


  • Saturday, March 19 - 7 – 8 p.m. planetarium show; 8 – 10 p.m. viewing of the waxing gibbous moon, winter and early spring sky, Jupiter.



  • Saturday, April 2: 7 – 8 p.m. planetarium show; 8 – 10 p.m. viewing of the spring sky, Jupiter.



  • Saturday, April 16: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. planetarium show; 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. viewing of the waxing gibbous moon, spring sky, Jupiter.



  • Saturday, April 30: 8 – 9 p.m. planetarium show;  9 – 11 p.m. viewing of the spring sky, Jupiter.



  • Saturday, May 14: 8 – 9 p.m. planetarium show;  9 – 11 p.m. viewing of Jupiter, the moon past first quarter, Mars (late).



  • Saturday, May 21: 9 – 11 p.m. observing only, Jupiter, the full moon, Mars near opposition.


Parking is very limited around the observatory, but more can be found on University Boulevard.

Planetarium shows are not appropriate for infants or toddlers. Public nights may be canceled due to severe weather or hazardous road conditions. For updates, call (203) 837-8672 on the day of an event.