Observatory Status: All the forecasters are predicting rain for Monday evening. Therefore, Collins Observatory will be closed on Monday, January 23, 2017. We will reopen on Monday, January 30, 2017, weather permitting. If you’re new to Salem State University, or haven’t been up to the observatory before, check us out when we open. We’re on the roof of Meier Hall. Please keep in mind that the temperatures are generally colder in the dome than at ground level, so please dress appropriately.
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, when the school is on vacation, and during the summer. It is also available for special group visits during the year.
The observatory 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?
- Mars is getting very low in the southwestern sky as the Sun sets, but is still visible for a short time, so see it while you still can.
- Venus is also low in the western sky when we open, but easily visible.
- Orion is already up when we open, and is the showpiece of the evening sky.
Located on Rt. 114, ( Lafayette St. ) in Salem, MA. Parking is improving – we suggest you attempt to use the new parking garage in the lower 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.