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WVAS Public Events for 2019

Several times during the warm weather months WVAS hosts free public stargazing Open Houses. Join us to see our moon, planets, constellations, star clusters, nebulas, and even other galaxies. Viewing is done with the human eye, binoculars, and telescopes. Activities include short slide shows, constellation identification tutorials, and celestial observation. Open Houses at the West Lafayette Observatory usually last about an hour and a half but you may come and go as you please during the event.
Open House Schedule at the West Lafayette Observatory
(Unless otherwise noted)
April 6 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
May 4 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
September 7 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
October 5 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
November 2
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Stargazing sessions are canceled if it is windy or if the sky is mostly cloudy.
Prairie Grass Observatory Open Houses
We help support the regularly scheduled open houses at the Prairie Grass Observatory (PGO). Their schedule is located here. Directions to PGO can be found here.

Indiana Family Star Party (IFSP)
Jointly with the Prairie Grass Observatory (PGO), the Indiana Astronomical Society, and the Muncie Astronomy Club, we host a regional family-oriented star party for a weekend each year at Camp Cullom. Camp Cullom is located in a dark rural location between Mulberry and Frankfort, Indiana. PGO is on the grounds of Camp Cullom. The dates for our next IFSP are listed on the PGO site.

Gus Grissom Tribute
On May 5 from 5:30-8:00 p.m., Frankfort Public Library will have a tribute to Gus Grissom.

Solar Viewing followed by Star Gazing at Turkey Run State Park
WVAS will be at Turkey Run State Park on June 17th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. to provide some solar viewing for people during the day and a pleasent view of the stars at night.  Come join us at this great park and enjoy the day and evening with us as well as the many amenities offered by the park.

The Great American Eclipse
Westfield Washington Public Library will host WVAS on July 8th at 11:00 a.m. as we provide insight on the upcoming eclipse on August 21st.  We will be in the community room where we will present information about what an eclipse is and why it gets dark.  How to safely observe the eclipse and what to expect to view in Indiana. 

Interested in learning how to use a telescope?  We offer Beginner Telescope Workshops.  (These are scheduled on Everbright so if see the session is is closed, please check back... we schedule more throughout the year.)