Public Open House Schedule

Visit the observatory! You’ll be able to look through our powerful telescopes and learn more about the universe.

Tickets are free, but they are required. We intentionally keep our numbers low to afford our guests the best possible viewing experience.

For information about weather postponements, call 434.544.STAR (434.544.7827).

The Open House FAQ page has more information about our open houses.

We look forward to your visit and our docents are eager to show you the sights and wonders of the Universe under rural Bedford County’s dark skies through our telescopes and instruments including the 20-inch Margaret Gilbert Telescope.

How To Request Tickets

Email beginning at the time tickets are available as indicated in the chart below.

Upcoming Open Houses

2015 Dates (Rain Date) Start Time Tickets Available
July 24, Fri. (July 25, Sat.) 9:30 p.m. July 1, 6 p.m.
Sept. 18, Fri. (Sept. 19, Sat.) 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1, 6 p.m.
Oct. 9, Fri. (Oct. 10, Sat.) 8:30 p.m. Oct. 1, 6 p.m.
Nov. 13, Fri. (Nov. 14, Sat.) 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 6 p.m.
Dec. 11, Fri. (Dec. 12, Sat.) 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 6 p.m.