The Joseph R. Lynch Observatory at Drexel University

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Next public observing session:

Thursday, June 2, 2011 from 8:30pm to 10:00pm
Check website for details and cancellation status!

3 Nov. 2005 turnout

We had quite a turnout for the open house on November 3rd, 2005 as you can see!


Night observing

Monthly Schedule

We typically open on the first Wednesday of each month, at the time specified below.

On the first Wednesday of every month, roughly 30 minutes after sunset, the Drexel University Physics Dept. invites the public to attend an observing session atop the Main Building at Drexel University. The program is directed by Alfred Whitehead and Professor Gordon Richards with the support of assistants Amanda White, John Parejko, Vishal Kasliwal, and Danny Pan. We view a variety of celestial objects, from planets, nebulae, star clusters, to comets. These objects are seen atop the Main Building via a Meade LX200GPS Telescope with Schmidt-Cassegrain 16" Optics. This makes the Joseph R. Lynch Observatory the largest in the city of Philadelphia.

Joseph R. Lynch Observatory
Drexel University
32nd and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Solar observing

We recently acquired a new Hα telescope with an easily portable mount. Watch the quad between Disque and Korman halls or the area between Disque and the Main Building on clear days. We will usually have the solar telescope set up in the quad in the afternoon, on open house days.

For an approximation of what you will see through our telescope, see the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory's Latest EIT 304 Image website. The more activity you see in that image (ultraviolet light at 30.4 nm), the more activity you will see in our telescope. Keep in mind: the sun changes on an hourly basis, so tomorrow's sun might look quite different from today's!

::Transit of Venus Snapshots and Video::
Click Here!


The Joseph R. Lynch Observatory has been made possible by the Generosity of Joseph R. Lynch '58 and the GE Foundation.

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