The Strawbridge Observatory at Haverford College houses 12-inch and 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes which are actively used by students in Haverford astronomy classes. The telescopes are also periodically made available for public use with teaching assistants and/or professors present to provide assistance and background information about what is being viewed. Note that the telescopes are only used when it is clear, and the domes are not opened when it is cloudy.
If the weather is in doubt, your best option is to email Mariah Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Beth Willman (email@example.com) ask whether observing will take place. Alternatively, you can email us at Strawbridge.Observatory@gmail.com with questions or requests for information. For last minute weather updates for events, please call 484-727-8766 (484-7ASTRON)
Thursday, September 12
7:30 pm In Haverford's Sharpless Auditorium in the Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center, author and astrophysicist Dave Goldberg (Drexel University) will give a free public talk about his new popular book "The Universe in the Rearview Mirror". This broadly accessible talk will be engaging to both science nerds and those less scientifically inclined. The talk will be followed by a book signing and discussion.
8:30 pm (Weather permitting) Telescope observing in Strawbridge Observatory.
Thursday, October 10
7:30 pm A brief student talk (topic TBD), a child appropriate astronomy related craft activity, and (weather permitting) telescope observing at Strawbridge Observatory.
Thursday, October 31
8:45 pm Come in an astro-related costume and get an astronomy book as a prize! (Weather permitting) We will have telescope observing at Strawbridge Observatory.
Saturday, December 7
5:00 pm All are welcome to this family friendly event in Strawbridge Obesrvatory. We will have a variety of hands on astronomy and physics activities. This event goes on rain or shine. Telescope observing will occur at 6 pm, weather permitting.
If you would like to bring a group to any of our events, please give us at least 2 weeks advanced notice so we can be prepared. Contact Beth Willman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mariah Baker (email@example.com) for more information.
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Directions to the Observatory
The Strawbridge Observatory is located on the College's Walton Road, just off College Avenue between Haverford Road and Lancaster Ave.Going West on Lancaster Ave. (Rt. 30):
- Turn left onto Haverford Station Road (just past Haverford College's main entrance).
- Bear right at fork; the street becomes Railroad Ave.
- You will drive by the parking area of The Haverford School on the right and Haverford College property on the left.
- At next fork, bear left; the street becomes College Avenue.
- Immediately look for a small Haverford College sign on the left at Walton Road.
- Turn left onto campus at Walton Road. A short distance later, you will see observatory on your right (just before the athletic playing fields.)
- Follow signs for visitors parking (at the end of Walton Road). After 5 pm, parking is open on campus.
Images from Strawbridge Observatory
- Red Mars! (color photo with 12-inch, 9/2003)
- Star Trails Above Dome (color photo, 9/2003)
- Observatory with Crescent Moon (color photo, 9/2003)
- Dome with Crescent Moon #1 (color photo, 9/2003)
- Dome with Crescent Moon #2 (color photo, 9/2003)
- Moon Closeup (B-band CCD image with 16-inch, 0.12 sec exposure, 10/2003)