This is one of our favorite events of the year! Twice a year, the UVA Department of Astronomy hosts Fan Mountain Observatory is opened up for the public to view through their 1.0-meter (40-inch) Astrometric Reflector and Charlottesville Astronomical Society members setup their variety of telescopes for public viewing outside.
The Fan Mountain Observing Station is located 13 miles south of Charlottesville at the end of a 3 mile long gravel road. Tickets, which are free, are required for Fan Mountain public nights (except for Friends of the Leander McCormick Observatory).
To request tickets for Fan Mountain Observatory Public Nights, send a self-addressed stamped envelope, along with the number of tickets requested (up to 6), to:
Fan Mountain Public Night
P.O. Box 400325
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4325
Requests for Tickets just opened and are typically exhausted by the Third Week in March.
Please Note: Owing to the demand for tickets, groups cannot be accommodated at Fan Mountain.