Public Nights at the Georgia Tech Observatory (Feb 2: Canceled)

Join Georgia Tech Astronomy for public nights at our Observatory.

GT Observatory Friends,

Due to the weather forecast, I am cancelling this evening's scheduled Public Night on the GT campus.

If you want to see the comet, consider visiting the Fernbank Observatory Friday night.  I believe they open around 8:45, but there are also Planetarium shows before then.  Check them out.  The forecast is for clear skies but very cold temperatures, so dress warmly.

Our next Public Night is March 2.  That evening Jupiter and Venus will be very close together on the sky.  Hope to see you then.

Jim Sowell, Ph.D.
Astronomer & Observatory Director
Principal Academic Professional


Public Nights are contingent on clear weather. Please also note individual time shifts, below. Find updated schedules, potential closures, driving and parking directions, and more info at:

Stargazers are invited to the Georgia Tech Observatory for public nights throughout fall and spring semesters.

On the grounds between the Howey and Mason Buildings, several telescopes are typically set up for viewing, and visitors are invited to bring their own telescope, as well.

Jim Sowell, principal academic professional and director of the Georgia Tech Observatory, is excited that public nights have returned after a break during the pandemic. “A clear evening with some celestial objects visible is as much a delight for me as it is for the visitors.”

The viewing targets for this fall include the Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn. Sowell, along with members of the Georgia Tech Astronomy Club, will help answer questions and showcase various celestial objects. “I describe my role these days as a tour guide,” said Sowell, “and I greatly enjoy hearing the squeals and gasps as people see craters on the moon, or the rings of Saturn, or moons orbiting Jupiter.”

Tentative Schedule, Fall and Spring 2022-23:

  • November 3 — 7 to 9 p.m. — Moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • December 1 — 6 to 8 p.m. — Moon, Jupiter, Saturn
  • February 2 — 7 to 9 p.m. — Moon, Jupiter, Mars
  • March 2 — 7 to 9 p.m. — Moon, Mars, Orion Nebula
  • March 30 — 8 to 10 p.m. — Moon, Mars, Orion Nebula
  • April 27 — 9 to 11 p.m. — Moon, Mars, Double Star

Event Details


  • Date: 
    Thursday, February 2, 2023 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Georgia Tech Observatory, Howey Physics Building