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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Observatory Hours

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Standeford Observatory Hours

Standeford Observatory
Standeford Observatory

Current Observatory Hours

The 2010 fall observing season at Standeford Observatory was very successful; the Observatory was open on 33 nights and hosted about 1600 visitors.

The 2011 spring observing season at Standeford Observatory has now concluded, with nearly 600 visitors over 6 nights, making a total of about 2200 visitors to the facility this year.

Watch for the opening of the fall observing season just after Labor Day.

Observing Seasons

Standeford Observatory is open regularly during the fall and spring observing seasons. Hours and days may vary with the season, the weather, and demand:

  • Fall: Clear evenings, Monday through Thursday, between Labor Day and Thanksgiving (depending on the onset of winter weather), from 8:30 to 10:30 pm.

  • Spring: Clear evenings, usually Monday through Thursday during April, from 9:00 to 11:00 pm.

Public Observing

The public is invited to Thursday Nights at Standeford Observatory and Open House at Andreas Observatory, events that are held regularly during the fall and spring observing seasons.

Sky Conditions at the Observatories