WELCOME TO THE DARK SKY OBSERVATORY

Tonight's event is ON.  We are hoping the weather will clear late evening. We will be prepared to observe when it is safe to open the dome. See announcement details below. You may want to bring a flashlight for the dark totality phases. Ticket holders should show up after 10pm.

The next Evening at DSO event will be on Sunday, 5/15--a special Sunday night event for the total lunar eclipse. The eclipse is centered on midnight and we will be open from 10:00 pm through the totality phases that end about 1:00 am. The Moon enters the dark, umbral shadow's partial eclipse phases starting about 10:30 (the entrance into the lighter, penumbral shadow is not very easy to see). Totality begins about 11:30 and lasts until about 1:00 am. The Moon is completely out of the dark, umbral shadow's partial eclipse phases by 2am.

If the event is completely clouded/rained-out, we will cancel the event and return the ticket purchase price. If you get a ticket, pay attention to your email, the DSO web site (dso.appstate.edu), the ticketing website, or our Facebook page for any last minute decisions in the event of dangerous travel weather.

See the Public Access area of dso.appstate.edu 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).

Tickets are available at our secure ticketing site by clicking here.

 



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.