WELCOME TO THE DARK SKY OBSERVATORY
Our Evening at DSO event tonight, Saturday, March 25, 2023 is ON!
We should have at least partly clear skies and will be able to observe.The event starts at 8pm with a brief overview PowerPoint before observing. Ticket holders (it is sold out), should arrive between 7:30 and 8:00. It is about a 30-40 minute drive from Boone.
Targets for this event included the Moon, Venus, Uranus, Mars, star clusters, nebulae (the Orion Nebula and the Crab Nebula), and galaxies.
Parents or other adults accompanying children are expected to maintain control of the children for the safety and comfort of all participants.If the event is clouded/rained-out, we will have indoor activities including a PowerPoint slide show, discussion, and a facility tour.
See the Public Access area of the DSO website 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).
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.