After more than a decade of inviting visitors to observe the wonders of our universe, the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory is now entering a period of revitalization and transformation. While we transform, we are closed to the public. We expect that a brand-new, permanent Observatory will open on the east terrace next to the Bezos Learning Center.

In the meantime, you can explore other astronomy programs by visiting our events page.

Astronomy programming is made possible by support from the Thomas W. Haas Foundation, the Otto Haas Charitable Trust, The Waterman Trust, and the Wyncote Foundation. 

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Astronomy Program The Sky Tonight: Live Planetarium Show National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
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Get to know the night sky in this free, live planetarium show.

Astronomy Program Observe the Sun DC Metro Area
Fridays and Saturdays from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, weather permitting.

Observe the Sun safely using a filtered telescope. 

Astronomy Program One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
Thursdays and Sundays at 10:30 am

In this free planetarium show, join Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from "Zhima Jie," the Chinese co-production of Sesame Street.

About Phoebe Waterman Haas

Phoebe Waterman Haas received her doctorate in astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1913 — one of the first American women to earn such a degree. She also studied at the historic Lick Observatory near San Jose, California. She is believed to be the first woman to directly use the Lick telescope, which with its 36” lens was one of the largest telescopes in the world at that time.