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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.

Pluto Celebration
Wednesday, July 15 @ 9:00 pm
Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center
24 Park Ave.
02325 Bridgewater , MA
United States

On Wednseday, June 15th, the BSU Observatory will hold a special public night to celebrate Pluto and the New Horizons spacecraft's arrival at Pluto the previous day (for the first time, we will have close-up images of this mysterious world!).  This event will feature a Pluto discussion led by a BSU professor plus viewing of Pluto through both our small telescopes on decks and Pluto images taken by the telescope in the main dome.  Our staff will update you on the latest information about Pluto from New Horizons.  The planets Jupiter, Venus and Saturn will also be visible.

This event will run from 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm, weather allowing.  Please check our hotline (508-531-DARK), find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @BSUObservatory a few hours before the event is due to start to see if the weather will allow the event to occur.  If not, we will try again on Wednesday, July 22nd.

Questions?  Call 508-531-2093, email, or find Bridgewater State University on Facebook.

Upcoming Public Nights (August - December 2015):

  • August 12 from 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm.
  • September 30 and October 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.
  • November 4 and 18, and December 2 and 9 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.
  • Call our hotline at 508-531-DARK a few hours before each event to check whether we will be open (or follow us on Twitter @BSUObservatory, or like us on Facebook as Bridgewater State University Observatory).

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

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.

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!