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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

Aug21
Solar Eclipse!
Monday, August 21 @ 1:00 pm
until Monday, August 21 @ 4:00 pm
Location:
DMF Science and Mathematics Center
24 Park Ave.
02325 Bridgewater , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

On Monday, August 21st we will be treated to a rare solar eclipse of the Sun beginning at about 1:30 pm and ending at 4:00 pm.  About 65% of the Sun's surface will be covered by the Moon in the sky.  At BSU's Science and Mathematics Center, we will provide multiple ways for you to view the eclipse safely, including access to optical projection systems, solar telescopes with H-alpha or reflective filters, and free eclipse glasses and viewing screens while supplies last.  When you arrive, go to the lobby to pick up safety information and eclipse glasses/viewers first.  Then join us outside on the green or the 5th floor patios for viewing of the Sun.  Professor Doyle will give a talk on the Sun and eclipses in the auditorium from about 1 pm - 2 pm.  This event occurs rain or shine - if it's cloudy, we will stream the eclipse live in the auditorium for all to see.

Jun21
Public Nights - June-August 2017
Wednesday, June 21 @ 9:00 pm
until Wednesday, August 16 @ 10:00 pm
Location:
DMF Science and Mathematics Center Observing Decks
24 Park Ave.
02325 Bridgewater , MA
United States
Massachusetts US

During public nights, the observatory's viewing patios are open with multiple telescopes for you to look through, and a staff of astronomy enthusiasts ready to talk astronomy!  Dates and times are listed below:

  • Wednesdays June 21 and 28, and Saturday June 24, 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm.

  • Wednesdays July 12 and 26, 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm.

  • Wednesdays August 9 and 16, 8:30 pm  - 10:00 pm.

Be sure to check our weather announcement before making the trip!  You may park in the West Campus Lot.

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!

Solar Eclipse 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible through a huge swath of the USA!  Those not in the path of totality will see a partial eclipse, and here in MA we will see the Sun covered nearly 70% by the Moon.  Join us between 1:00 and 4:00 pm at the Science and Mathematics Center for safe eclipse viewing, rain or shine.  More+