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Stargazing at Historical Canoa Ranch - Feb. 23

F.L. Whipple Observatory brings you Stargazing at Canoa on Friday, Feb. 23. There will be a presentation at 5:30-6:30 by Dr. Gilbert Esquerdo on "The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite." Stargazing will follow from 6:30-8:30pm (weather permitting), courtesy of the Sonora Astronomical Society. The Ranch is located south of Green Valley, following the Canoa Ranch Dr., exit 56, off I-19. A map and more details can be found here.

MMTO at the Tucson Festival of Books!

Stop by and visit us at the Tucson Festival of Books on Sat. & Sun., March 10 & 11! We will have a booth in Science City located on the east portion of the UA mall. Take a virtual tour and also learn more about current research being conducted with our 6.5-m telescope. We look forward to seeing you there!

Smithsonian Lecture Series on Astronomy - 2018

Join us for the 48th year of this lecture series held on Wednesdays at the Green Valley Recreation Center at 9:00am. Each lecture is 45 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer period. All lectures are free and open to the public. Click here for the dates and the list of speakers and their topics. We hope to see you there!

Wed., February 14 - Smithsonian Lectures on Astronomy

The series continues on Wed., Feb. 14 with Dr. Thomas Fleming of the Univ. of Arizona's Steward Observatory. The title of his talk is "The Birth of Astronomy in Southern Arizona." You won't want to miss it! Join us at 9:00am at the Green Valley Recreation Center. The series is free and open to the public.

Observing Schedule for Jan.-April 2018

The observing schedule for January-April 2018 can be found here, along with Program Titles.

Image from Binospec Commissioning

Check out the beautiful image of the Horsehead Nebula that was obtained with grz filters on the new Binospec instrument during its November commissioning! Image courtesy of D. Fabricant and I. Chilingarian.

Stargazing at Historical Canoa Ranch - Jan. 19

F.L. Whipple Observatory brings you Stargazing at Canoa on Friday, Jan. 19, at the Historic Canoa Ranch. There will be a presentation at 5:00pm. Stargazing will follow starting at 6:00pm (weather permitting), courtesy of the Sonora Astronomical Society. The Ranch is located south of Tucson near Green Valley, following the Canoa Ranch Dr., exit 56, off I-19. A map and more details can be found here.

Upcoming Star Party!

Mark your calendars! Star parties return to the F.L. Whipple Observatory on Friday, December 15. The event will be held at the Visitors Center from 5:00-8:00pm. Details can be found here!

Revised November observing schedule

The revised November observing schedule can be found here.

Binospec Commissioning Update

Commissioning of the Binospec instrument on the telescope went well! It will continue in December, along with science program observations planned as well.