The Evening at DSO tonight, Saturday, September 24 th is ON!

Our event tonight, Saturday 9/24/22, is ON!  Skies should be at least partly clear by event time. Ticket holders (it is sold out...), should arrive between 8:00 and 8:30. We will have an introductory PowerPoint a bit after 8:30 and start the night's observing or other activities if too cloudy. In the event of rain showers we will meet anyway and do an indoor program.


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.