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Viewing Opportunities at the UNH Observatory

Free Public Sessions are running again! 

  • The first and third Saturday of every month public sessions: 8-10 pm from late September through March and 9-11 pm from April through September are currently taking place once again.  Our re-opening plan has been approved and we are now holding public and private sessions at the Observatory. We are continuiing to keep in touch with our guests and supporters on our UNH Observatory Facebook Page. Find it here: https://www.facebook.com/UNHObservatory/
For the Spring 2022 semester, our Public Observing Sessions are scheduled for:
Saturday, January 15 - 8-10 PM
Saturday, February 5 - 8-10 PM
Saturday, February 19 - 8-10 PM
Saturday, March 5 - 8-10 PM
Saturday, March 19 - 9-11 PM
Saturday, April 2 - 9-11 PM
Saturday, April 16 - 9-11 PM
Saturday, May 7 - 9-11 PM
Saturday, May 21 - 9-11 PM
Saturday, June 4 - 9-11 PM
Saturday, June 18 - 9-11 PM

On the afternoon of a scheduled public observing session we will post a "go-no-go" note on the Observatory's Facebook page.  If the sky is cloudy ar sunset, the session will be cancelled, but check here to be sure: https://www.facebook.com/UNHObservatory/

Free Private Sessions

  • For groups of 8 or more
  • If you are a part of a home school group and want your students to explore the fascinating science of astronomy, contact us.  We are happy to work with you on a custom program that covers essential elements of modern astronomy. 
  • Sessions can be set up weeknights or weekends (based on availability) 
  • A great idea for birthday parties, school trips, Boy/Cub/Girl Scouts, couples night, and so much more!! 
  • For more information, email us at unh.observer@unh.edu

Other Events

Periodically throughout the year, the UNH Observatory hosts or is involved in other various special events at UNH and around the Seacoast. Be sure to check our website often to keep in the know!


​Sidewalk Astronomy

Sidewalk Astronomy Sessions have also been suspended due to the Covid 19 Pandemic.

  • Join the UNH Observatory staff as we sporadically take to the streets of Durham to bring the skies to you.

    You may find us at one of our viewing stations on campus: in front of the Wildcat statue in front of the Whittemore Center; in the traffic triangle at the intersection of Main Street and Mill Road.

    These events are free and open to any interested in getting a chance to look at the night sky.

    These events are weather permitting and will not be held in the event of cloudy skies, rain, or snow.

Contact the UNH Observatory

  • Electronic

    The best way to reach us is to email unh.observer@unh.edu. We'll try our best to respond within 24 hours.


    You can reach the Observatory Director, John S. Gianforte via email at: john.gianforte@unh.edu

    You can also try posting to or messaging us at our Facebook page. 
  • Phone

    If you'd like to speak to someone on the phone DURING UNIVERSITY HOURS (8am-4:30pm) in regards to an Observatoy inquiry, please call the UNH Physics Department office at 603-862-6054 to speak with the Physics Department's Administrative Assistant Michelle Waltz, or at 603-862-2669 to speak with the Physics Department's Administrative Manager, Katie Makem-Boucher. If you'd like to call the Observatory directly, you can call 603-862-3996. We are very rarely actually in the Observatory, but if you'd like to leave a message, we will do our best to get back to you. You can also call John Gianforte the Diredctor of the Observatory at 603-862-2829.  Feel free to leave a message if John is not available.

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    If you would like to send us something, you can write to us at:

    UNH Observatory
    c/o Department of Physics and Astronomy
    DeMeritt Hall 237
    9 Library Way
    Durham, NH 03824