Collins Observatory will be closed tonight, Monday, January 26, 2015, due to the approaching snow storm. I was hoping that we would have a chance to view the comet this week, but the predictions for the intensity of the snow storm will preclude that, as the observatory will be buried. Therefore, we will attempt to reopen the next Monday, February 1, 2015, weather permitting.
Please check back on this site for any changes or updates in the future.
Collins Observatory is normally open on CLEAR, or MOSTLY CLEAR Mondays from 7-10 PM. We’re open during the school year from September
to May, and are closed on school holidays and when the school is on vacation.
The observatory now houses a Meade 12-inch LX-200 ACF telescope, which does fairly well in the light polluted skies over Salem.
Please call the observatory at 978-542-6452, if you’re coming from a distance, as the weather is a bit unstable this close to the ocean.
What’s up tonight?
- Venus is visible just after sunset, and Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune are currently visible in the evening.
- The winter constellations have taken over the evening sky now, with giant Orion being prominently displayed.
- Comet Lovejoy, C/2014 Q2, will hopefully be visible the next time that we open the observatory.
Located on Rt. 114, ( Lafayette St. ) in Salem, MA. Parking is tight – we suggest you use the student parking lot, or the street, which is RT. 114, in front of Meier Hall. Meier Hall is the second building from the faculty parking area “A”, and next to the school theater. Enter through the front door on RT. 114. Go down the hall to the back of the building and take a left. There is an elevator about thirty feet down from there on your right. Go on the elevator and press floor “P” (sixth floor). Turn right upon leaving the elevator. Turn left after the double hall doors and go out the glass doors to the roof. Take the stairs on the left to the observatory.