Stargazing Nights

Stargazing Nights

Frosty Drew Observatory and Science Center
Fri, Jan 7, 2022 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$5 Suggested Donation per person 5 years and older

UPDATE: January 7, 2022 5:17 pm ========
Our site review worked out nicely, though snow is not bad and parking is available, we have a considerable amount of slush, which is freezing up quite quickly and will result in very slippery conditions on our walkways and stairs. We will be on site for a few hours observing, though we do not recommend visiting due to the high slip hazards. Add in the potential for roadways to ice up tonight, and it will be a night best kept home. We'll see you next Friday, January 14, 2022 at 7:00 pm.

Welcome to the Frosty Drew Observatory Stargazing Nights! Every Friday night (weather permitting) we open our Observatory, Science Center, Sky Theatre, and telescopes to the sky and offer free stargazing and astronomy to anybody interested in observing with us.

Our plan was to open at 7:00 pm this evening. Though site conditions are a concern. What this comes down to is the observatory dome roof, which cannot have any snow on it. Additionally, access to our parking area may not be possible this evening. If so, parking will only be available along Park Lane. At this time we do not expect that we will host a public event tonight due to hazardous site conditions as well as potentially hazardous travel conditions. If our site review later this afternoon works out better than expected, we will post an update to this page, and continue with our plans to open from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. If we open, the only telescope that will be available for observing will be the primary 24 inch observatory telescope, and Courtyard telescopes will stay closed. The Sky Theatre and Science Center will be available to retreat from the cold as well. Check in later this afternoon for an update.

Be sure to subscribe to the Frosty Drew Observatory mailing list, follow us on Twitter (@FrostyDrewOBSY) or on Facebook to receive status updates about our Stargazing Nights program and more.

Check out our page on Visiting Frosty Drew Observatory to learn more about what to expect at the Observatory and to better help you prepare for your visit.

Take a moment to catch up on some of the awesome things happening in space in:
A Celebration of Space - January 7, 2022

Please note that we do not allow any white lights on our campus from dusk - dawn. This is to ensure an equally awesome view of the night sky for all and to allow for the use of light sensitive astronomical equipment. Learn more about why we have this requirement in The Red Light District.

It is cold at Frosty Drew Observatory during the winter and early spring. Visitors will be completely exposed to the harsh winter environment while standing on frozen ground. Dressing properly is REQUIRED to attend! Lean how the Frosty Drew Astronomers dress for working overnight on the Frosty Drew campus during the winter. Read it! Follow it!

If you are looking for that awesome astronomy thing to do or just want a night out to experience the cosmos under the darkest sky in Rhode Island, then this is your chance.

Please note that due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the detail of this event may change. Please check in regularly, both here and on our SARS-CoV-2 page, to stay up to date.