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Phillips Academy Observatory - CANCELLED for Feb 8

posted Dec 19, 2013, 9:41 PM by Brice Center   [ updated Feb 8, 2014, 10:19 AM ]

Both observatory sessions are cancelled for tonight, Feb 8th, due to heavy cloud cover.  

We will look at reschedule dates.  Hopefully we can go in the next couple of weeks.  I'll be sending further emails in the near future.

I know.  Bummer.  Even though it looks clear right now, there is a front coming through with heavy cloud cover right during our event tonight.  

The cloud cover map during our event shows us covered in white (see here).  

What we'll do:

► We will use Phillips Academy's 16 inch optical telescope to look at the Moon, Jupiter, and the Orion Nebula.

► We will receive a demonstration of the computer controller that automates the telescope. 

► Some Phillips Academy students will explain how they use the telescopes in their research, etc.

Date, Time:
February 8th, 2014

Group 1:
7:00-7:45p (arrive at 6:45p) 
Dens 4, 8, 9, 10

Group 2: 
7:45-8:30p (arrive at 7:30p)
Dens 1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 12

Parking and Directions:

Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
Gelb Science Center

Navigate to the following address with your GPS

20 Salem St.
Andover, MA 01810

Please click on the parking map below to enlarge it.  This shows where to park and where the entrance to the observatory is.  Print it to take with you the day of the event.

Park at the lot circled in red.  The science building (Gelb Science Center) is green, and we will meet in the lobby (entrance circled in blue).  You will not need parking passes at that time of day. 

PA Observatory Map

Size of Group:
Space is limited to an absolute maximum of 60 people (scouts & parents).  Due to space and time constraints, only active scouts and 1 parent may attend (no siblings in observatory).  


Contact Brice Center at with any issues or questions.