Friday Night Stargazing: Sunset Planets
See the Moon, planets, and stars through our historic and computer controlled Alvan Clark & Sons 8″ refracting telescope.
Mercury & Venus are in the western sky at sunset (can only be seen through binoculars or telescope ). Early March offers your best chance to see Mercury all year. Visibility of Venus will improve all through spring. Try your eye at seeing them both through our telescopes.
Come See the Stars
The Observatory is open to the public every Friday from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, weather permitting. Friday admission to the Observatory is free (does not include access to the Museum).
Phone 410-545-2999 after 5:00 PM on Fridays to find out if the Observatory will be open that night.
The Observatory is on the roof of the Maryland Science Center. On Fridays, enter through the Key Highway Entrance around the back of the building (the Group Entrance).
The Observatory is open to the outdoors, so please dress appropriately. If a large group (20-plus people) plans to visit, please notify us at least a week ahead of time.