Unfortunately, Comet ISON didn't survive its close encounter with the Sun on November 28th, therefore our viewing event has been cancelled.
Events for the Public
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics sponsors a variety of free programs for the public. Among these events are Observatory Nights held on the third Thursday of the month (excluding June, July and August). Observatory Nights feature a nontechnical lecture and telescopic observing from the observatory roof if weather permits. The lectures are intended for high-school age and older audiences but children are also welcome. We also sponsor a variety of other special observing events throughout the year. No reservations are necessary, but seating is limited to the auditorium's capacity. Admission is free.
These events--unless otherwise noted--are held in Phillips Auditorium (at the rear of the CfA complex near Madison Street and large parking lot), 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, about 1 mile west of Harvard Square. Parking lots marked for Observatory Staff are open to the public on event nights. Parking is free.
Join us for an Author's Night and book signing with CfA Public Affairs director and author/illustrator David A. Aguilar, featuring two of his new National Geographic kid's books "Space Encyclopedia" and "ALIEN WORLDS". A special drawing will be held open to attending elementary school teachers or librarians for a complete set of the authors' National Geographic books. The audience will have a chance to win an Orion 4.5 Starblast Telescope!