New York Capital Region's Astronomy Resource

Science Education and Outreach

New York Capital Region's Astronomy Resource

Science Education and Outreach

Explore the Night Sky with our Astronomers

The Dudley Observatory, located in Loudonville, New York, offers education and outreach programs designed to teach science, particularly astronomy, to people of all ages.

Our long standing commitment to the history of astronomy, engaging the community in astronomy, and our new partnership with Siena College and its team of professionals will serve as the platform from which we launch vibrant and expanding educational programs.

We cultivate interest and understanding of science, its history, STEM careers, and help scientists and non-scientists appreciate science in an approachable and enjoyable way.

A satellite dish in the desert under a starry sky.

Our Vision

Young Astronomers Discover the Stars

The Dudley Observatory strives to be a nationally recognized center for education and outreach in astronomy.

An image of a spiral galaxy in space.

Bring Astronomy into
your Classroom

Children’s first questions about science are often about objects they notice in the night sky. This self-generated curiosity is what we want to nurture in students at all stages of their STEM education.

We aim to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders through our hands-on lessons that meet New York science standards. These lessons cultivate the public’s interest and understanding of science and science&nbspcareers.

Are you curious about what stars, constellations, and planets are visible in the sky tonight? Check out our Skywatch Line both here and on Facebook to find out what features to look for, what exciting astronomical events might be upcoming, along with intriguing facts and historical tidbits.

A colorful nebula in space.

Got a lot of questions about astronomy? We’ve got you covered! Dudley at Siena hosts Ask an Astronomer sessions for students in grades K-12.

In these 45-minute sessions, our astronomer will happily answer any questions about the solar system, stars, galaxies, black holes, exoplanets or whatever other astronomy or physics idea your students think of. Our Ask an Astronomer sessions can be held in person or remotely via Zoom.

Bring the Night Sky to Your Classroom With Starlab!

Starlab is a portable planetarium. It’s also a fun, experiential based learning experience.

Using the projected images on the Starlab dome, our Dudley Astronomer will introduce participants to a variety of astronomical topics. All that is needed is floor space, an electrical outlet, and enthusiastic sky-gazers. Starlab is great for schools, libraries, and other public organizations. Click to learn more!

Support Public Science Education

We believe in empowering future STEM leaders through fun and exciting science education and outreach programs. If you wish to be part of our movement, you can help by sending us a donation.