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Observe the Stars, the Planets, and More

"The Hirsch Observatory will be open to the public between 1pm and 4:30pm on August 21st to view the partial solar eclipse, weather permitting. We will provide equipment for safe viewing of the eclipse and we will have several telescopes set up. There will be a rain date of April 8th, 2024. If there are any questions about this event please direct them to Jake Weiss ( or Dr. Charles Martin (" Parking will be available in the parking garage located on College Avenue and also in North Lot, please enter from Peoples Avenue.

The Hirsch Observatory is located at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and has been serving students, researchers, and the public since 1942. (Weather in sidebar)

For the Public
On Saturday nights starting in early February through mid-November, from 8 to 10, adults and children are invited to use the facility. If weather doesn't permit a good view, astronomy programs will be shown instead. See the Public Observing section for more information.

For the Students
The Rensselaer Astrophysical Society (RAS) is a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute union-funded organization that allows students to pursue their interest in astronomy. The society works with the physics department to maintain the Hirsch Observatory.

Students are trained in the use of the Society's various telescopes, then placed on the observatory key list. Once on the key list, members can use the observatory any time. To learn more about the RAS visit their website.

Getting Here
Hirsch Observatory is located atop the Science Center (number 19 on the campus map).

Travel Directions and Map.

Contact David Morton if you have any questions, (518)469-6141,

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