Events

Regular Events

The Wesleyan University Astronomy Department runs regular public programs throughout the year.  These include weekly or semi-weekly Space Nights on Wednesday evenings, semi-weekly Kids’ Nights on Friday evenings, and monthly Saturday observing nights hosted by the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford.  For more information, and to sign up for the Astronomy mailing list, visit  the Astronomy Department’s public events page.

Past Events

Spring 2016

A Stellar Education: Astronomy at Wesleyan, 1831-1916
Exhibition exploring the development of astronomy at Wesleyan from the founding of the university to the construction of the Van Vleck Observatory
On display from Tuesday, May 3, 2016 through the end of the summer
Olin Library, 252 Chruch Street, Middletown, CT
Free and open to the public

Talk by David Devorkin, Senior Curator at the National Air and Space Museum
The American Observatory Movement, and Where Van Vleck Fits In
Wednesday May 4, 2016, 4:15 pm
Public Affairs Center Room 001, 238 Chruch Street, Middletown, CT
Free and open to the public

Under Connecticut Skies Exhibition Grand Opening
Exploring 100 years of astronomy at the Van Vleck Observatory, Wesleyan University
Friday May 6, 2016, 10 am – 6 pm
Van Vleck Observatory, 96 Foss Hill Drive, Middletown, CT
Free and open to the public

Transit of Mercury Viewing Party
Monday May 9, 2016
Van Vleck Observatory, 96 Foss Hill Drive, Middletown, CT
Free and open to the public

WESeminar
Historical Exhibition Open House
Saturday May 21, 2016, 10 am – 3pm
Van Vleck Observatory, 96 Foss Hill Drive, Middletown, CT
Free and open to the public

Daylong symposium and rededication of the Van Vleck Observatory
Thursday June 16, 2016
Center for Film Studies and Van Vleck Observatory

Click here for the jpeg file of our Spring 2016 events poster!

Events Poster


At the top: Members of the American Astronomical Society gathered at Wesleyan University in the summer of 1921. Collections of the Van Vleck Observatory.