We have an exciting schedule of events planned for the mountain this year! Concerts, lectures, public telescope nights, & more!

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Join us on the Mountain! There are a wide range of activities and events, including telescope viewingsengineering tours,  concertsastronomy lectures, and art events! Check them out below, sign up for a few, and come explore our beautiful Observatory campus.

CONCERTS

Artistic Director Cécilia Tsan curates thoughtful musical adventures under the magnificent vaulted dome of the 100-inch telescope.

LECTURES

Featuring speakers from all corners of the world of Astronomy.

telescope nights

Experience the thrill of viewing celestial objects through our large, historic telescopes.

Arts @ the Observatory

Exhibitions and art events in the spirit of founder and polymath George Ellery Hale.

2024 EVENTS

Talks & Telescopes: June 1, 2024 - Jessie Christiensen

Talks & Telescopes: June 1, 2024 – Jessie Christiensen

June 1, 2024    
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Compelling talks followed by picnicking and convivial stargazing through both the big telescopes. Come enjoy an inspiring night on the mountain! The evening begins with the talk at 5:30 […]
Public Ticket Night: 60-inch Telescope - June 7, 2024

Public Ticket Night: 60-inch Telescope – June 7, 2024

June 7, 2024 – June 8, 2024    
7:00 pm – 1:00 am
SOLD OUT
Public Ticket Night: 100-inch Telescope - June 8, 2024

Public Ticket Night: 100-inch Telescope – June 8, 2024

June 8, 2024 – June 9, 2024    
7:00 pm – 1:00 am
SOLD OUT
Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome: June 16, 2024

Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome: June 16, 2024

June 16, 2024    
Performances at 3 & 5PM
All Day
Artistic Director Cécilia Tsan curates thoughtful musical adventures under the magnificent vaulted dome of the 100-inch telescope.  June Concert: Carte Blanche with Leah Zeger, Cory Pesaturo, and Jorge Villanueva.
Special Behind the Scenes Engineering Tour: June 23 2024

Special Behind the Scenes Engineering Tour: June 23 2024

June 23, 2024    
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
This special, behind-the-scenes tour concentrates on the mechanical, optical, and electrical details of our 60- & 100-inch reflector telescopes with demonstrations of their motion controls. The tour includes the Snow Solar Telescope and, returning to the tour this year, the powerhouse and the machine shop.
Public Ticket Night: 60-inch Telescope - June 28, 2024

Public Ticket Night: 60-inch Telescope – June 28, 2024

June 28, 2024 – June 29, 2024    
7:00 pm – 1:00 am
SOLD OUT
Public Ticket Night: 60-inch Telescope - July 5, 2024

Public Ticket Night: 60-inch Telescope – July 5, 2024

July 5, 2024 – July 6, 2024    
7:00 pm – 1:00 am
SOLD OUT
Public Ticket Night: 100-inch Telescope - July 6, 2024

Public Ticket Night: 100-inch Telescope – July 6, 2024

July 6, 2024 – July 7, 2024    
7:00 pm – 1:00 am
SOLD OUT
Special Behind the Scenes Engineering Tour: July 13 2024

Special Behind the Scenes Engineering Tour: July 13 2024

July 13, 2024    
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
This special, behind-the-scenes tour concentrates on the mechanical, optical, and electrical details of our 60- & 100-inch reflector telescopes with demonstrations of their motion controls. The tour includes the Snow Solar Telescope and, returning to the tour this year, the powerhouse and the machine shop.
Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome: July 14, 2024

Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome: July 14, 2024

July 14, 2024    
Performances at 3 & 5PM
All Day
Artistic Director Cécilia Tsan curates thoughtful musical adventures under the magnificent vaulted dome of the 100-inch telescope.  July Concert: The Eclipse String Quartet.
Special Behind the Scenes Engineering Tour: July 21, 2024

Special Behind the Scenes Engineering Tour: July 21, 2024

July 21, 2024    
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
This special, behind-the-scenes tour concentrates on the mechanical, optical, and electrical details of our 60- & 100-inch reflector telescopes with demonstrations of their motion controls. The tour includes the Snow Solar Telescope and, returning to the tour this year, the powerhouse and the machine shop.
Talks & Telescopes: July 27, 2024 - John Mulchaey

Talks & Telescopes: July 27, 2024 – John Mulchaey

July 27, 2024    
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Compelling talks followed by picnicking and convivial stargazing through both the big telescopes. Come enjoy an inspiring night on the mountain! The evening begins with the talk at 5:30 […]
Public Ticket Night: 60-inch Telescope - August 2, 2024

Public Ticket Night: 60-inch Telescope – August 2, 2024

August 2, 2024 – August 3, 2024    
7:45 pm – 1:00 am
Join a small group of individuals to observe the Universe through the famous 60-inch Telescope, which revolutionized astronomy and allowed astronomer Harlow Shapley to find our place in the Milky Way Galaxy.
Public Ticket Night: 100-inch Telescope - Aug 3, 2024

Public Ticket Night: 100-inch Telescope – Aug 3, 2024

August 3, 2024 – August 4, 2024    
7:00 pm – 1:00 am
SOLD OUT
Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome: August 11, 2024

Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome: August 11, 2024

August 11, 2024    
Performances at 3 & 5PM
All Day
Artistic Director Cécilia Tsan curates thoughtful musical adventures under the magnificent vaulted dome of the 100-inch telescope.  August Concert: Rogue Lemon Collective – a rotating cast of LA string players bringing multi-genre covers & collaborations.
Talks & Telescopes: August 24, 2024 - Panel: The Triumph of Hubble

Talks & Telescopes: August 24, 2024 – Panel: The Triumph of Hubble

August 24, 2024    
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Compelling talks followed by picnicking and convivial stargazing through both the big telescopes. Come enjoy an inspiring night on the mountain! The evening begins with the talk at 5:30 […]
Public Ticket Night: 100- & 60-inch Telescope Hyper Night - August 31, 2024

Public Ticket Night: 100- & 60-inch Telescope Hyper Night – August 31, 2024

August 31, 2024 – September 1, 2024    
7:00 pm – 1:00 am
SOLD OUT
Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome: September 8, 2024

Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome: September 8, 2024

September 8, 2024    
Performances at 3 & 5PM
All Day
Artistic Director Cécilia Tsan curates thoughtful musical adventures under the magnificent vaulted dome of the 100-inch telescope.  September Concert: String Trios and Quartet: Ambroise Aubrun (violin), Kate Hamilton (viola), Cécilia Tsan (cello) and Allan Hon (cello).
Talks & Telescopes: September 21, 2024 - Movie Night! Science/Art Film Exhibition

Talks & Telescopes: September 21, 2024 – Movie Night! Science/Art Film Exhibition

September 21, 2024    
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm
A presentation of short film treasures from the National Film Board of Canada and experimental filmmakers whose work explored the intersection of Art and Science.
Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome: October 6, 2024

Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome: October 6, 2024

October 6, 2024    
Performances at 3 & 5PM
All Day
Artistic Director Cécilia Tsan curates thoughtful musical adventures under the magnificent vaulted dome of the 100-inch telescope.  October Concert: Carte Blance to Trio Dinicu (Gipsy Jazz & more).
Talks & Telescopes: October 19, 2024 - TBD

Talks & Telescopes: October 19, 2024 – TBD

October 19, 2024    
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Compelling talks followed by picnicking and convivial stargazing through both the big telescopes. Come enjoy an inspiring night on the mountain! The evening begins with the talk at 5:30 […]
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