SSU Observatory Photos


We thought this might be a nice photo to welcome visitors to the SSU Observatory Photo page!_DSC4837
Be sure to use the menu above to select a night of photos to browse.

Grand Re-Opening!

A crowd of between 250 and 300 gathered for the Grand Re-Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on September 8, 2017. Following the moving remarks of President Sakaki and the kind words of Provost Vollendorf and Dean Stauffer, Observatory Director Scott Severson directed the crowds attention to the ribbon cutting ceremony. Once the ribbon was cut, the observatory roof rolled open and the new facility was opened to the public. Despite the clouds rolling in, the crowd enjoyed the evening of photos, cocoa, cookies, a tour of the facility, an inflatable planetarium from the SSU Education and Public Outreach group, music and good conversation!

Ushering in an new Era!

The Public Observing Nights of 2017-02-24 and 2017-03-03 were the last that the original home of SSU Observatory will see. In a pair of fun and busy nights, many students and members of the public got to visit the observatory before it undergoes a dramatic change! A new building will replace the 41 year old-structure. The next public viewing is scheduled for the Grand Reopening, Friday, September 8. Keep tuned for exciting details by checking the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the SSU Observatory Viewing Nights Schedule as the date approaches!


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Photo site kickoff!

Welcome to the SSU Observatory Photo site. Since late-2015 we have been taking low-light photos at the campus observatory. These images allow us to discuss the CCD, the breakthrough technology that began the era of digital imaging. The site will contain pages with photo galleries arranged by date. Most of the images will be of our Public Viewing Night visitors that wish to have their photos taken under the star light.

The long exposures required to collect the light from the stars, and the nearly dark conditions often make the images of people slightly blurry as they move. Sometimes the only illumination is from a computer screen, a partially lit moon, or a dim red bulb 10 meters away. All together they make for some fun and sometimes funny or dramatic images that capture the feeling of a night at the observatory.

Please use the links in the header above to find photos for given night. Each night has a gallery of photo thumbnails which can be selected to show a larger view of the image.