The George Mason University Observatory is located on the Fairfax Campus, on the roof of Research Hall and officially opened on January 24, 2007. The GMU Observatory presents Evenings Under the Stars, A FREE event series, open to the general public and our campus community. These events occur on alternate Monday evenings, with weather days on the off weeks. See the full calendar with descriptions on the website. Each evening features a 30 min presentation by a prominent local scientist, who wants to share about their current research in an accessible way. After a brief opportunity for questions, and if the weather allows, visitors proceed to the lobby, where observatory staff will escort guests up to the roof for a look through the primary telescope. Staff personnel loves to share about planets, stars, and sometimes lesser known objects in astronomy, all while you look at them through the telescope. Private tours are also available for interested groups, if you wanted a particular focus, or more individual attention during your tour. Email to inquire about available dates.
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