Preparing for a Star Party at the Octagon Barn

Star Parties are often held at the Octagon Barn - Click the learn more

Library of Documents and Books

The Dudley Observatory has an extensive library of historical documents and rare books - Click to learn more

November 20th's Octagon Barn Lecture: “Exoplanets: hidden in the light”

How do we make use of minute details in starlight to determine the presence and even characteristics of planets around other stars, or exoplanets? We'll review notable discoveries from the Kepler Space Telescope and expectations for future space-based telescopes.

Educational events

A young astronomer studies sunspots - Click to learn about our upcoming events

Astronomy Education

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Tonight's sky

What can you see in the sky tonight?

History of Astronomy

Learn about the history of observational astronomy and the Dudley Observatory.
The Dudley Observatory provides education and outreach programs designed to bring the wonders of science, particularly astronomy, to people from all walks of life. We cultivate interest and understanding of science, science careers and scientists, and help the public appreciate science in an approachable and enjoyable way. Our long-standing commitment to the history of astronomy, and our library and artifact collection, serve as the platforms from which to launch vibrant and expanding educational programs.