Milwaukee Astronomical Society

2019 Public Observing Nights

All Public Open House Nights are held RAIN, SHINE, or STARLIGHT at our observatory in New Berlin.

Here is our schedule for the Public Observing Nights in 2019.

June 22  1:00-4:00PM - The Sun

July 19  8:00-10:30PM - Apollo 11 50th Anniversary

August 23  7:30-10:00PM - The Galactic Zoo: Denizens of the Night Sky

September 6  7:00-10:00PM - The Moon

October 5  6:30-9:00PM - Where Are All the Aliens?

October 25  6:00-9:00PM - Scary Sky*

* Kid friendly!


Regardless of weather, we always have a presentation by one of members in the Quonset Hut meeting room. The presentation begins at our starting time and ends when it's dark enough for viewing, weather permitting.

Click on the link below to see the a printable Observing Night Flyer

2019 Observing Flyer (pdf)

If you're planning on heading out to our observatory ...

  • The observatory is located at 18850 W Observatory Rd in New Berlin. It is on the north side of the road, 1.1 miles west of Calhoun Rd and .7 miles east of Racine Ave at the top of the hill. Usually we have a sign out at the entrance. For complete directions, click here.

  • Weather is always a factor.  The months of April, September, and October can be cold, especially at night. Either dress warm or prepare by having coats, hats, and even gloves.  Expect mosquitoes in June, July, and August.

  • Viewing through the telescopes is also weather dependent, but we are open nonetheless. You may still come out and tour the observatory, get information, ask questions, and listen to the featured programs for the night.

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