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Dudley Observatory’s Skywatch Lecture Series returns for the 2014 - 2015 season

Friday, November 7th, 2014, 7pm
at miSci Museum of Innovation and Science,
15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308

Part of "@ miSci – Super Science Weekend, November 7-9, 2014"

The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics: the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe (aka Dark Energy) with Astrophysicist Dr. Heidi Newberg. Click here to learn more.

Lecture and Star Party this weekend

Octagon Barn Star Parties in 2014:

October 17, 7pm "Exploring and Enjoying the Night Sky," by Alan French

People often believe you need a telescope to enjoy the night sky, but  there is much to be seen and enjoyed by eye alone. Indeed, some sights  are best seen without a telescope. The constellations, Earth satellites, the Northern Lights, and meteor showers, as well as other celestial  events, can be enjoyed by anyone. Alan's talk will focus on these  sights, and cover what they are, what causes them, and how to know when  to watch for them and best enjoy them. Many people own binoculars, a  useful tool for stargazing, so the talk will also include an  introduction to binocular astronomy. By the end of the program you'll be  ready to explore and enjoy the night sky on your own!

Our final star party of the season will take place November 14, 7pm

The barn is located at 588 Middle Road, Delanson, New York 12053

The Dudley Observatory is seeking a professional Astronomer for public outreach and education.

Click here to learn about this postion.

miSci and The Dudley Observatory Partner to Bring Free Professional Development Opportunities to 
After-school Providers and Educators

Click on the workshop below for more information:

Astronomy Workshop for Afterschool Providers, Tuesday, October 21st, 6:30 - 8:30pm, free 

Teaching Astronomy: A Workshop for Educators, Thursday, December 4th, 4 - 7 pm, free

Dudley’s Night Sky Adventures @ miSci

For young people and those young at heart!

The best way to get better at identity objects in the night sky is to learn from astronomers and to practice identifying them in relation to your surroundings and other nighttime objects.

The Dudley Observatory, miSci and the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers are teaming up to offer monthly Night Sky Adventures at miSci to give all who are interested an opportunity to practice their observational astronomy skills. Lead by Astronomy Educator, Megan Dominguez and volunteers from the Albany Amateur Astronomers, we’ll practice identifying stars, constellations and dark sky objects both through scopes (weather permitting) and in the Suits-Bueche Planetarium.

Rain or shine. Bring your binoculars and/or telescopes on clear nights (we’ll also have some scopes to share). All ages – adults and young people welcome. No experience necessary – just your interest!

Third Tuesday of the Month. November 2014 through May 2015, 6 – 7:30 pm.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - Fall Sky & Leonids Meteor Shower
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - Celebration of the Solstice - Reasons for the Seasons
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - Winter Sky & Dark Sky Objects
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - Dwarf Planet Ceres, Jupiter in Opposition, & Venus & Mars Conjunction
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - Everything Moon & Preparing for April's Lunar Eclipse
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - The Spring Sky & Lyrids Meteor Shower
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - Saturn at Opposition & Summer Sky Preview

No reservations required. Fee: $3 per person, $5 per family, Free for miSci members.

Star Parties sponsored by the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers at Landis Arboretum are:

October 24 &25 at 8:00 pm
November 21 & 22 at 8:00 pm

Visit the AAAA portion of this website for directions, instructions and general information about star parties.

Star Parties sponsored by the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers and NYS Parks at Grafton Lakes State Park in the Deerfield Pavilion:

October 17 at 7:30 pm
November 14 at 7:30 pm

Starwatches East is holding stargazing events at Grafton Lakes State Park at the Deerfield Pavilion. These programs are open to the public and are sponsored by NYS Parks and the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers.

When arriving after dark, please use the Winter Entrance and follow the signs. In the event of rain or heavy clouds, the starwatch will NOT be held on the scheduled Friday, but will be held the next evening, Saturday, again weather permitting.

The physical address is 100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton, NY 12082. Call Starwatches East coordinators, Bernard 518/658-9144 or Ray 518/658-3138 for information on possible cancellations. For directions call the park office at 279-1155.

Visit the AAAA portion of this website for directions, instructions and general information about star parties.

Union College Observatory Open Houses for 2014

Union College Observatory Open Houses will be held on:
Thursday, October 30, 6:30-8 PM

Clear weather only! Please go into Astronomy classroom, room 301 on the 3rd floor of Olin Science Center, then up stairs to dome. Additional open houses and rain dates may be announced on our web page at

Viewing targets for Mid-Late 2014: the Moon, Saturn and its moons, Mars, as well as deep sky objects beyond the solar system such as double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.

Come view the skies through our 20" reflecting telescope on the roof of the Olin Science Center! Open houses are free and open to the public.

Open houses for the general public are offered monthly, frequently timed near the first-quarter moon. These are clear-weather only events, so we are closed if there is any precipitation, strong winds, or mostly cloudy conditions. Note that with the exception of Homecoming and ReUnion weekends, all open houses are free and open to the public with no tickets or reservations required. Only for Homecoming and ReUnion open houses do we issue tickets at the Reamer Campus Center, and these tickets are free. The observatory hotline (518)-388-7100 announces the date and time of open houses as well as announces last-minute cancellations. These cancellations are often decided only 1/2 hour prior to the opening time, unless rain or fully-cloudy conditions make it obvious we cannot open.

Open houses will be canceled in the event of cloudy, rainy or snowy weather. Cancellations will be announced through the hotline at 388-7100.

The Union Observatory is located on the top of the Olin Center (off room 301), northeast of the Nott Memorial next to the Reamer Campus Center.

For additional information on the Open House or Dudley Observatory, contact Observatory Manager Francis Wilkin at (518) 388-6344 or via e-mail at College, F.W. Olin Center, 807 Union St. Schenectady, NY 12308 (518) 388-6000. Further information may be found on the observatory website
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The Dudley Observatory @ miSci is delighted to help sponsor Cosmos on local television

Dudley Observatory Launches YouTube Channel Chronicling 60 Years of Astronomical History !

Fourteen films, archived for over fifty years, are making their debut on the new Dudley Observatory YouTube Channel today. The fascinating visuals of early astronomical documentaries and research materials will delight scientists and historians as well as the general public. To access the channel, go to Highlights include: Trip to the Moon, The Mystery of Stonehenge, Adirondack Visions, and The Sikhote-Aline Meteorite.

“These short films enable easy access to important, and in their time, ground-breaking experiments made by Dudley astronomers, such as Curtis Hemenway’s rocket launches,” said Elissa Kane, interim executive director. “These 14 selections show the breadth of the archive – from raw footage in the field to educational films produced mid-century. Our collection is huge, and it is our intention to release new items to the channel regularly in our role as the Capital District’s Astronomy Resource.”

In addition to the new YouTube channel, the Dudley Observatory hosts and co-sponsors internships, professional development, school and community educational experiences, and star gazing in local rural locations where viewing is best.

The Dudley Observatory was chartered in 1852, and is currently housed at miSci, in Schenectady, New York. It is the oldest organization in the U.S. outside of academia and government dedicated to the support of astronomical research, and continues to serve the Capital Region through educational programs such as star parties, inflatable planetarium programs, and astronomy program partnerships.

We wish to thank the following for their generous support of these programs!

- Stewart's Shops

- Times Union

- "Hope Fund" of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region


The Dudley Observatory

We were chartered by the State of New York in 1852, is the oldest independent organization in the United States supporting research and education in astronomy and the history of astronomy. Our library contains one of the world's finest collections of historically significant astronomical texts, including rare books of Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler.  The Dudley Observatory Archives is a fascinating collection of historical records pertaining to both astronomy and Albany.

The Dudley Observatory was founded through the generosity of those who saw our Capital Region as an economic and intellectual center, the "Tech Valley" of its day.  In the last 150 years, the Dudley Observatory has periodically changed the focus of its work to reflect the needs of the community.

During the 20th century, Dudley Observatory astronomers achieved world class status with their accurate determination of the positions and motions of more than 30,000 stars. These observations form the sole example in the history of astronomy of the precise position and proper motion determination of all stars visible to the unaided eye with a single high precision telescope.

The current focus of the Dudley Observatory is on using astronomy to promote science education, with an emphasis on education, recruitment and early career development in science and technology.  We have enjoyed a great deal of success with projects that fire the imaginations of the young, nurture them through the early stages of career development, and instill a life-long appreciation and enjoyment of science.