Hands-on learning, even in astronomy.
At most other colleges, students majoring in astronomy and astrophysics have to leave campus to observe the night sky.
But not at Widener University.
At the Widener University Observatory on our main campus in Chester, students in our physics department use a 16-inch computerized Meade Cassegrain reflecting telescope and several, smaller, 12-inch telescopes to get first-hand experience viewing planets, stars, nebulae, clusters, and galaxies.
Public Stargazing at Widener
We like to share the fun with amateur astronomers in Chester and neighboring communities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. During the fall and spring we offer public telescope viewing sessions every Monday at twilight and star-gazing every first Friday evening of the month. Each session is supervised by a Widener University astronomer, assisted by a student.
NOTE: Two additional sessions will also be held on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 for Honors Week, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Register online to attend one of these sessions.
Widener is also happy to host special group viewing sessions for budding astronomers of all ages. Widener’s Observatory, along with the Wolfgram Memorial Library, Widener’s Art Gallery and the PMC Museum, are part of what makes Widener University a great choice for undergraduate and graduate studies.
Curious about what else Widener has to offer? Schedule a visit to learn more about the University Observatory at Widener.