The Joseph R. Lynch Observatory at Drexel University


Open Houses
In normal times the Drexel Physics Department hosts a Telescope Open House on the first Wednesday of each month at 30 minutes past sunset. With the pandemic, we have not done this in a while; however, to ease back into "normal" we are going to host virtual telescope open houses at our usual times/days. These will be

Wednesday, March 3rd, 6:30pm
Wednesday, April 7th, 8pm
Wednesday, May 5th, 8:30pm
Wednesday, June 2nd, 9pm

The program foreach night will be a short 30-40 minute talk given by a Drexel Astronomer followed by 20-30 minutes of a virtual tour of the sky as relates to the topic of the talk.

The May Open House will be about "Citizen Science".
Prof. Gordon Richards will discuss "Citizen Science", introducing you to some ways that anyone, from the comfort of their own homes, can help with any number of ongoing scientific investigations using the Zooniverse.org platform. The talk will be followed by a virtual tool of night-time sky attractions that we might otherwise have been able to see during an in-person open house, including a review of spring-time constellations.

Please register for the event and a Zoom link will be provided.

Lynch Observatory from the street

Named in honor of our benefactor, Mr. Joseph Lynch, the Lynch Observatory at Drexel houses a 16" Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain, the largest in Philadelphia. It is the main facility for Drexel's Physics 232: Observational Astrophysics, and serves host to frequent public observing nights.

Public open nights are scheduled (typically) for the first Wednesday of every month during the academic year. Open houses start roughly 30 minutes after sunset, and run for two hours after that.

If you have any further questions about the observatory, feel free to contact Observatory Director Gordon Richards (Winter/Spring 2020, please contact Prof. Rachael Kratzer).


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

Page maintained by Gordon Richards. In Winter/Spring 2020 by Prof. Rachael Kratzer.

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