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
06/20/2021
Shades State Park, Waveland, IN
Shades State Park Astronomy Day
08/15/2021
Shades State Park, Waveland, IN
Shades State Park Astronomy Day
09/10/2021
West Lafayette Observatory
Do you have a telescope and aren’t sure how to use it? Have an interest in astronomy but don’t know where to begin? Come to the free Beginner Telescope Workshop hosted by the Wabash Valley Astronomical Society and we will help get you started. We will cover the basics of telescopes and astronomy in a short presentation and then break into small groups to walk you through how to setup and use a telescope out under the night sky. No experience required, only an interest in exploring the cosmos. Attendance is limited and pre-registration is required. See the Beginner Telescope Workshop page under Events.
09/12/2021
West Lafayette Observatory
Public stargazing with astronomical telescopes will take place, weather permitting from 8:30-10 p.m. This is a free event.
10/03/2021
West Lafayette Observatory
Public stargazing with astronomical telescopes will take place, weather permitting, from 8:30-10 p.m. This is a free event.
11/07/2021
West Lafayette Observatory
Public stargazing with astronomical telescopes will take place, weather permitting, from 8:30-10 p.m. This is a free event.