Activities at the Detroit Observatory
One of the Observatory's
original telescopes. At the
time the Observatory was
built, this instrument was
by Martin Vloet.
On select dates the Observatory is open for public tours.
The Detroit Observatory will be open for tours on the following dates.
- Sunday, September 9, 2012, 1-4 p.m.
- Sunday, October 14, 2012, 1-4 p.m.
- Sunday, November 11, 2012, 1-4 p.m.
- Sunday, December 9, 2012, 1-4 p.m.
- Sunday, March 10, 2013, 1-4 p.m.
- Sunday, April 14, 2013, 1-4 p.m.
- Sunday, May 19, 2013, 1-4 p.m.
- Sunday, June 9, 2013, 1-4 p.m.
Special Functions & Events
- The Observatory and its museum is available for guided tours, which can be made by special arrangement.
- The Observatory occasionally permits small groups to use its meeting room for meetings. The meeting room includes wireless access and a large projection screen.
- Evening viewing information
Local Astronomy Activities
The historic 1857 refracting telescope is available for classroom instruction!
Other viewing opportunities are available in the local community and surrounding area (see below)
Area Viewing Opportunities
University of Michigan astronomy students hold viewing nights in the Angell Hall Observatory on the central campus. For information, see the website of the Student Astronomical Society.
The Lowbrow Astronomers, a local amateur astronomy club, has viewing nights at the Peach Mountain Observatory, located 15 miles from Ann Arbor.
Eastern Michigan University's Sherzer Observatory has viewing nights in Ypsilanti.
The Clear Sky Clock, sponsored by the Clear Dark Sky organization, offers predictions on viewing conditions in the Ann Arbor area. A related link allows one to compare viewing conditions for locations across the State of Michigan.
Astronomy Related Activities
The University of Michigan Physics Department hosts a Saturday Morning Physics lecture series.
Michigan Math and Science Scholars is a summer program for high school students who want to explore the challenges of higher mathematics and natural sciences on the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus. Students are supported throughout the following academic year by self-paced courses run over the Internet and by mentoring from Michigan math and science faculty and graduate teaching assistants.