Astronomical Observing

Observe the heavens during the daytime or night with Museum staff!

Prominence on the Sun - July 26, 2012

Observe the Skies
Museum in Washington, DC

Use the Observatory's safe solar telescopes to take a close-up look at our nearest star, the Sun. Learn about solar activity and its effects on Earth from knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm on the following dates:

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Nighttime Observing of Venus and Jupiter - June 11, 2015

Stargazing at the Public Observatory
Museum in Washington, DC

The National Air and Space Museum’s Public Observatory will be open for special nighttime stargazing. Do not miss this chance to see an array of celestial objects through a powerful professional telescope as well as additional portable telescopes.

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on the following dates: