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General Star Party Information

Every Wednesday night while OU is in session, the Physics and Astronomy department sponsors FREE public star parties on the roof of the observatory, which is located on the East side of Asp Avenue just South of Lindsey Avenue. Look for the building with the white dome on top. To reach the roof, climb the exterior staircase on the West side of the building.

Note: Regrettably, the observatory roof is currently wheelchair inaccessible. This staircase is the only way to reach the roof.

A typical night could include a planet or two, binary stars, star clusters, or maybe one of the brighter nebulae. All ages are welcome, but we ask that younger children be under adult supervision at all times. 

Viewing times change throughout the year, so please check this page for current observing times and weather cancellations. The final decision on weather cancellations will be made three hours before the scheduled start time at the latest. For the latest cloud predictions at the observatory, click on the clouds:

Parking was once found North of the observatory, however that lot has become a construction site in recent times. We have obtained permission for visitors to park in the Asp Parking Garage north of Lindsey on star party evenings.

OUr Next Star Party:

January 18th

06:45 - 08:45 pm

Spring 2017 Schedule


18    06:45 - 08:45 pm   

25    06:45 - 08:45 pm





01    07:00 - 09:00 pm

08    07:00 - 09:00 pm   

15    07:15 - 09:15 pm

22    07:15 - 09:15 pm


01    07:30 - 09:30 pm

08    07:30 - 09:30 pm 


22    08:45 - 10:45 pm 

29    08:45 - 10:45 pm 



05    09:00 - 11:00 pm

12    09:00 - 11:00 pm

19    09:00 - 11:00 pm

26    09:15 - 11:15 pm


03    09:15 - 11:15 pm

We Plan to Observe:

The Orion Nebula



Andromeda Galaxy