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  • Home of the BEAR (BSU Experimental Astrophysics Research) Team.

  • The Ring Nebula: False-color composite image taken at the BSU Observatory.

  • Starburst Galaxy M82 imaged at the BSU Observatory.

  • Look through our telescopes during public events, or book a private one.

  • The observatory outreach staff, Spring 2016.

Observatory

The BSU Observatory hosts public and private viewing events, runs K-12 workshops, and provides academic resources for student research, astronomy courses, and service-learning.

Public Viewing Events

Aug17
August 2016 Public Night
Wednesday, August 17 @ 8:30 pm
until Wednesday, August 17 @ 10:00 pm
Location:
DMF Science and Mathematics Center Observing Decks
24 Park Ave.
02325 Bridgewater , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

The last public night of the summer before we close to prepare for the semester.  With a near-full Moon, we'll concentrate on planets, stars, and the Moon itself.

Sep28
Wednesday Public Nights - Early Fall 2016
Wednesday, September 28 @ 7:00 pm
until Wednesday, November 02 @ 7:00 pm
Location:
DMF Science and Mathematics Center Observing Decks
24 Park Ave.
02325 Bridgewater , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

On each Wednesday from Sept. 28 - Nov. 2, we will hold a public viewing night, weather allowing.  These events start at 7:00 pm and typically run until 8:30 pm (though we will make an exception on Halloween week).  Be sure to check our weather announcement before making the trip!

Nov09
Wednesday Public Viewing Nights - Late Fall 2016
Wednesday, November 09 @ 6:00 pm
until Wednesday, December 07 @ 6:00 pm
Location:
DMF Science and Mathematics Center Observing Decks
24 Park Ave.
02325 Bridgewater , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

We will hold public viewing nights from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm between Nov. 9th and Dec. 7th, except during Thanksgiving week, when the university will be closed.  Please check our weather announcement before making the trip!

Call our hotline at 508-531-DARK a few hours before all events to check whether we will be open (or follow us on Twitter @BSUObservatory, or check our Facebook page at Bridgewater State University Observatory).  You are welcome to park in the West Campus Lot (behind the Science and Mathematics Center).  If full, the nearest lots are the Spring Street lot and Harrington lot.  Once you have parked, use any entrance to enter the science and mathematics center and make your way to the building's central lobby.  There, you will find elevators and stairs to take you to the 5th floor observing decks.  Elevator: Use the right-hand elevator to go all the way to floor 5.  Stairs:  Go all the way up the main staircase to the 4th floor, then turn right and right again.  Enter the first door on your right (it's red).   The staircase here takes you to the 5th floor.

Observatory outreach sessions are free, appropriate for all ages, and made possible by the support of BSU's Physics department as well as CASE, the Dean's Office, Provost's Office, and the Office of External Affairs.

Please click on the right-hand link to our outreach program for additional information on public and private observatory events.

Three of our students have built a 17-inch dobsonian telescope that we can use on our decks.  This telescope is more powerful than the one in the dome!