During the academic year the observatory welcomes visitors for monthly open houses. These take place on Friday’s at 8pm (doors open at 7:30pm). Most of the open houses focus on a topic in physics or astronomy with lectures given by Agnes Scott faculty, students, alumni or local scientists. During the fall and spring equinox, the open houses feature a concert given by a local musical group or solo musician. Following the concert or lecture, a planetarium show is given and the 1930s Beck Telescope is open for viewing if the weather is clear. Refreshments are provided.

Astronomical Events

  • September 5th, Neptune at Opposition
  • October 19th, Uranus at Opposition
  • October 20/22 Orionid Meteor Shower
  • November 4, Full Moon; known as the “Full Beaver Moon”
  • November 4, 5, Taurids Meteor Shower
  • November 13, Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
  • November 17, 18 Leonids Meteor Shower
  • December 3rd, Supermoon
  • December 13, 14, Geminids Meteor Shower
  • December 21, 22 Ursids Meteor Shower

Society of Physics Students Events

In 2016, the Society of Physics Students had a booth at Maker Faire Atlanta. At the booth, there were two large wave demonstrations, kits for children to make their own wave demonstrations, star charts, and coloring pages. 

Maker Faire 1