The winter months in Northeastern Ohio occasionally bring excellent conditions for astronomy; the season also brings the risk of deep snow, ice, frigid temperatures, and plenty of clouds. For the aforementioned reasons and more, Stephens Memorial Observatory is closed for the season. We thank everyone who attended our Open Night offerings in 2019 and hope to see you again in the new year, possibly in March. Until then, stay safe and warm, and keep looking up! Unless you’re under a bird. Then you might want to rethink.
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Stephens Memorial Observatory is closed for the season. If we enjoy a stretch of clear nights this winter, we may open for a special Open Night event (we would love to show you the Orion Nebula) so watch this website and our Twitter feed for updates. Otherwise, we’ll hope to reopen in March for monthly sessions and for better luck with the nighttime weather in 2019!
We normally re-open from our winter break in March or at latest, April. You may have noticed clear or clear-ish nights have been fairly rare and the trend continues so we have not yet scheduled anything for 2018. We will endeavor to begin our public observing events in May though now we are encountering issues with our old building. Weather? Building? It’s always something! Stay tuned here and via Twitter for program announcements and we will hope for the best.
The date of our final scheduled observatory Open Night has passed and Stephens Memorial Observatory will close for the season. If we enjoy a stretch of clear nights this winter, we may open for a special Open Night event (we would love to show you the Orion Nebula) so watch this website and our Twitter feed for updates. Otherwise, we’ll hope to reopen in March for monthly sessions. Until then, we wish you a happy holiday season and a new year full of peace and happiness.
Chalk this up to FAQ: We are closed for the winter and plan no Open Nights until mid- to late March. Cloudy skies, cold, inclement weather, hazardous driving (and walking) conditions prompt us to make this policy. We hope to publish a schedule of programs in late February or early March. Til then, check back here for some astronomy news, follow us on Twitter (see news feed at right), and on any clear night look up!