WELCOME TO THE DARK SKY OBSERVATORY

Our next Evening at DSO event, tonight,  Saturday January 21, 2023 is ON!

The event tonight will be held regardless of weather since precipitation is not expected until after midnight. If it is at least as partly clear/thin clouds as it is now, we should be able to view brighter objects in the sky, including Mars.  We will play it by ear! If it is too cloudy we will have an indoor presentation and other activities.  My gut feeling is it will be good enough for some viewing. Ticket holders should show up in the half-hour before your session. (The event is sold out). We will probably start with a brief presentation before viewing starts. I'll see you tonight!

See the Public Access area of the DSO site for directions and map to DSO. All phone map apps (Google, Waze, Apple Maps) will lead you there if you search for Dark Sky Observatory (in Purlear, NC).

About Dark Sky Observatory

Appalachian State University's Dark Sky Observatory (DSO) is the research facility used by faculty and their students to conduct observational research in astrophysics. It is equipped with four telescopes, each used regularly for CCD imaging and photometry, with spectrographic instrumentation also used at the 32-inch.

Established in 1981, the observatory is located about 20 miles northeast of Boone at an elevation of a kilometer. Far from major cities, its dark skies provide a good setting for digital imaging and spectroscopy done in stellar and solar system research projects. Details about the instrumentation and capabilities of the various telescopes is available at the Facilities link at the top of this page.