Friday Evening Stargazing Session

- Widener Observatory- Kirkbride
M1 Crab Nebula in Taurus
M1 Crab Nebula in Taurus

Looking for something to do after the sun goes down? Reach for the stars and explore the galaxy with Widener's Observatory!

Open to: Everybody!  Group size is limited to 20 people

Registration: Required.  Please see the form below.
Cost:  Free

Please follow the Widener Observatory on Facebook for any weather related updates or cancellations.   You will receive an email with directions, information, and updates the week of the event.

*Visitors will be expected to follow all University policies including policies related to the pandemic such as masking, distancing, and other required measures.  

Register Here! 


Please follow Widener Observatory on Facebook for any weather updates or cancellations. 


Dr Augensen in observatory

What to Expect

Become an astronomer for the night by visiting Widener's unique Observatory on our Main Campus in Chester, PA. Here, you'll explore planets, stars, nebulae, clusters, galaxies, and much more.

*Stargazing sessions may be cancelled or rescheduled depending on the weather.

See Photos from Previous Observations

kirkbride hall entrance at night

Getting to the Observatory

Finding the Observatory

  • View maps and directions to Widener's Main Campus.
  • Enter Kirkbride Hall through the south main entrance, facing the Wolfgram Library.
  • Take the stairs (visible from the entrance) or the elevator (to the right of the stairs) to the 5th floor.
  • Come to Room 501, the astronomy classroom, until the session is ready to begin.


  • Free parking is available in the large parking lot at 17th and Walnut Streets across from the north side of Kirkbride Hall
  • Additional parking is available on the street as well as in the lot directly east of Kirkbride Hall

Additional Resources

Interested in attending a private group session? Contact M

Contact Info

Harry Augensen

Emeritus Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy Director, Widener University Observatory

Monica Connell

Admin. Assistant - Science Division