Used by students, faculty, the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club and the general public, the Mendel Observatory is home to a 20-inch Ritchey-Chretien reflector and a number of electronic imaging systems.
» Wed, May 16: It is unlikely the observatory will open tonight due to the weather.
» Thursday, May 17: We will resume our Merrimack Nights at the observatory starting in the Fall semester.
Location: Fourth floor, Mendel Science Center at Merrimack College
General Public Access: Wednesdays 8 p.m.
Merrimack Community Access: Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Weather line: 978-837-5486
Wednesdays: Public Stargazing
With the support of volunteers from the North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club, the observatory hosts public stargazing every Wednesday night, weather permitting, starting at dusk or 7 p.m. -whichever is later. Lately it has been getting dark around 8:15pm. Check the North Shore website for additional details: http://nsaac.org/about-the-club/merrimack-college-mendel-observatory/
When special astronomical events of interest occur, such as a total lunar eclipse, the observatory often holds special viewing times.
Thursdays: Merrimack Community Stargazing
On April 5 we officially launched our student-led Star Party at the Observatory. The event takes place every Thursday at 8 p.m., weather permitting. Come and join us as we observe planets, double stars, the moon and deep space objects, such as galaxies and nebulas. The entire Merrimack community - students, faculty and staff - are welcome.