Public Observing

Albion College telescope atop Palenske Hall, available for public use during scheduled Public Observation events. Join us on the roof of Palenske Hall and in our historical observatory in the Honors Building for star and planet viewing on selected nights and days this year.

The telescopes will be open to the campus community and the public for viewing celestial objects, weather permitting.

Observation Schedule

Great American Solar Eclipse
August 21, 2017, 1 - 3:45 p.m.

Don't miss the Great American Solar Eclipse! Telescopes will available for viewing celestial objects on Monday, August 21 on the roof of Palenske Hall. Bring your friends and family to this free, public event.

Important: If you've attened our Great American Solar Eclipse event please fill out our survey.

Viewing Locations:

  • Roof of Palenske Hall
    Glasses will be available at this location. Access the roof by using the elevator on the east end of the building (to "O") or by taking the stairs. There will be volunteers on the roof managing the flow of people. If there is anyone with a disability, however, that precludes them from stepping over the threshold from the landing to the roof, they should be directed to the Quad.

  • Quadrangle
    Glasses will be available at this location. There will be at least one telescope will also be set up on the Quad.

  • Norris 101
    NASA's livestream will be broadcast.

For questions about parking, directions, or where on campus to watch the eclipse, please contact Campus Safty by phone at 517/629-0213 or by email at .

More Eclipse Information


The Alvan Clark telescope is located within the Brown Honors Building near the center of the Albion College Quadrangle. Palenske Hall is located within the Science Complex on East Michigan Avenue, just east of Hannah Street. View the campus map for more information.

For questions regarding the a public observation event, please contact the Albion College Physics Department by phone at 517/629-0361 or by email at .