University of Rochester’s Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts free public tours from June through August on selected Friday and Saturday evenings. Tour guides are UR undergraduate and graduate students, as well as members of Rochester’s astronomy club, ASRAS. Three types of tours are offered: Full Moon, Kids’ and Regular tours. Tours convene on the Mees Observatory grounds in the Bristol Hills at 8PM, begin with a presentation on astronomy topics in Gannett House, and end with a tour of the 24” reflecting telescope, followed by observing of solar system and deep sky objects, whenever sky conditions permit. Reservations are required, and can be requested on this website. Groups larger than 6 require special permission.
May 24 update: All tours are fully booked at this time. All of our tours are full, and there are long waitlists for nearly all tours. Unfortunately, that means that new waitlist requests have a low (but not zero) probability of resulting in an invitation to attend a tour. We wish we could accommodate everyone who wishes to join us at Mees.
Contact tours director Carol Latta via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with special requests and questions.
Please, note that tour group sizes are limited to a maximum of 6 per reservation, and that total tour size will not exceed 25 persons on a given tour date.
If the tour you wish to attend is full, be sure to add your request to the waitlist. Cancellations regularly occur, allowing us to invite those from the WAITLIST to join the tour.
Contact the Tours Director at email@example.com, and for more information about tours, go to http://www.rochesterastronomy.org/Mees-Observatory. For more information about the observatory, go to http://www.pas.rochester.edu/about/observatory.html
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