Public Events

Public Open Houses:  Open Houses are free, public sessions for stargazing with telescopes that are usually, but not always, held at the West Lafayette Observatory (WLO) or Prairie Grass Observatory (PGO).  The events normally include an astronomy-related presentation and constellation finding.  In addition to observatory telescopes being made available, club members also share their telescopes with the public to look at various celestial objects of interest.  Visitors may come and go as they please.  The stargazing portion of the event is cancelled if the weather is mostly cloudy, raining, or very windy.

Public Event Schedule:

Date
Location
Event Description
08/15/2021
Shades State Park, Waveland, IN
Shades State Park Astronomy Day
04/03/2022
West Lafayette Observatory
Public stargazing with astronomical telescopes will take place, weather permitting, from 8:30-10 p.m. This is a free event.
05/08/2022
West Lafayette Observatory
Public stargazing with astronomical telescopes will take place, weather permitting, from 9:00-10:30 p.m. This is a free event.
06/11/2022
Tippecanoe County Amphitheater
Outdoor Explore! This Parks and Recreation Department event showcases outdoor activities, including astronomy. WVAS will have a booth describing our activities and to display astronomical telescopes.
07/29/2022
Camp Cullom
Indiana Family Star Party. See http://indianastars.com/starparty/
09/11/2022
West Lafayette Observatory
Public stargazing with astronomical telescopes will take place, weather permitting, from 8:30-10 p.m. This is a free event.
10/02/2022
West Lafayette Observatory
Public stargazing with astronomical telescopes will take place, weather permitting, from 8:30-10 p.m. This is a free event.
11/06/2022
West Lafayette Observatory
Our annual free Telescope Fair is for anyone considering acquiring an astronomical telescope for themselves or as a gift. Various types of telescopes are presented followed by hands-on observing (weather permitting) with multiple telescopes of different design and sizes.