Public Telescope Viewing
Join us every Friday night (check the schedule below) at for rooftop observing through our historic telescope in the dome of the John T. Tate Hall. There will be a presentation followed by outdoor observing (weather-permitting). You will have the chance to observe some of the same celestial objects that have inspired sky-gazers throughout history!
Afterwards, if weather allows, attendees have the opportunity to view the sky through multiple 8-inch reflecting telescopes, operated by the staff and provided by the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. Additionally, we provide free star maps (e.g. www.skymaps.com) and are happy to show visitors how to use them. Throughout the evening, we encourage questions from the audience and enjoy discussing topics ranging from backyard astronomy to the latest scientific discoveries.
The presentation begins at 8:00pm in the Tate Laboratory of Physics, room 510-02. Telescope observing usually begins at 8:30pm.
The presentation and outdoor observing are free for all to attend!
The presentation portion of each event will be held in John T. Tate Hall, 510-02.
Often, girl scout troops and various other groups enjoy attending our public viewing nights. If you would like to bring a large group (more than 15) to public viewing or if you wish to request a separate presentation for your group, contact our Public Outreach Coordinator at least three weeks prior to the desired observing session.
John T. Tate Hall is accessible via a ramp at the Church St Entrance.
Frequently Asked Questions
The public viewing is scheduled every Friday during the University's Fall and Spring semesters. A presentation will be given at each event regardless of the weather, so we will always have something for you. Observing will follow the presentation if the weather is acceptable (clear with wind chill above -15° F, see the FAQs above for additional details). For more questions please email the outreach coordinator at
|Date||MIfA Staff||On-site Contact||Topic|
|9/14/2018||Kaitlin Ehret, Jin-Ah Kim, James Cheshire
|9/21/2018||Jenna Burgett, Gwen Elledge, Levi Walls
|9/28/2018||Kaitlin Ehret, Sarah O'Brien, Jon Brashear
|10/5/2018||Levi Walls, Darcy Ballantyne, Jordan Bartlett
|10/12/2018||Levi Walls, Jenna Burgett, Jordan Bartlett
|10/19/2018||Levi Walls, Sarah O’Brien, Gwen Elledge
|10/26/2018||Sourabh chauhan, Jon Brashear, Nico Adams
|11/2/2018||Jamie Cheshire, Levi Walls, Grantland Hall
|11/9/2018||Levi Walls, Darcy Ballantyne, Mike Makmur
|11/16/2018||Levi Walls, Jin-Ah Kim, Nico Adams
|11/23/2018||No Public Observations - Happy Thanksgiving!
|11/30/2018||Levi Walls, Grantland Hall, Nico Adams
|12/7/2018||Sourabh chauhan, Grantland Hall, Mike Makmur
MN Institute for Astrophysics
University of Minnesota
John T. Tate Hall, 116 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455