Please Read The Following Notice if
you Plan To Attend An Observing Program.
Safety and Health
reasons you should
read all of this information that follows
The observatory is funded by NASA and the NSF and commissioned by the
International Astronomical Union Minor Planet section to undergo a
(follow this link for information) to track, recover and undertake discovery of
Near Earth Objects (Asteroids and Comets).
The observatory will be open to the general
public and college community
approximately once per
month during the Fall, Spring and Summer Sessions and on special celestial
events. There is no charge but donations are always appreciated.
Observing Sessions are offered on
dates listed below on clear days and evenings. . Evening observing run till about
(it is suggested that you arrive no later than about 10:15 PM to observe).
OCCASIONALLY TO THE SCHEDULE BELOW BECAUSE RAIN DATES AND ADDITIONAL SESSIONS
AND CHANGES ARE
ADDED FROM TIME TO TIME.
Travel Directions are on the left panel.
OR LINKS FOLLOW Directions
to the College of Staten Island. CSI campus MAP
observatory is located next to the track with access via Parking lot 6 and it
looks like this
Please Note:Extra Observing
earn you significant extra credit in your lecture classes. Be sure to bring
forms from the OBSERVING FORM LINK
or removed from your
laboratory manual. Please note the many
and in the extra credit opportunities link found to the left on
the main page!
for the enjoyment and safety
any observation place)
is no heat in the observatory (Dress extra warm since you may be online for
No cell phone
flashlights-use the red lights of the observatory or a red light flashlight for
writing to preserve yours and your neighbors night vision. You will be in a dark
(red at the observatory) environment designed to open your pupils to the
max to see the details of the heavens. Once you look at a "white"
light you will lose this "night" vision you obtained and it will
take twenty minutes to regain it!
Park cars with headlights
from the observatory. See Rule 2 above.
Mosquito season please dress appropriately and bring a spray.
Don't travel alone!
cooperate to make the observatory experience the best it can be for all parties.
If you are unsure of the weather and want to know if we will be observing, please call the observatory
ONE HOUR BEFORE THE SCHEDULED TIME at
(dropping below freezing), etc. will cancel
a public event.
doubt call the above number