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Smolen Observatory

Special Event!

Saturday September 6 is International Observe the Moon Night, an annual event to encourage people from around the world to look up at our neighbor, the Moon. We at SUNY New Paltz will be participating by opening Smolen Observatory to the public and pointing our telescopes at the moon. There will also be astronomers, including volunteers from the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association, available to answer your questions and help you view the moon.

The event is free, open to the public, and all ages are welcome. Come and go any time between 8 and 10pm. Smolen Observatory is located on the south side of the SUNY New Paltz campus in the alumni soccer fields.

If it is too cloudy to see the moon with your eyes then we can't see it with a telescope! Cloud date: Sept 7.

More information about InOMN, NASA lunar missions, and the moon can be found here:

Come be a part of something big, as people all over the world observe and learn about the moon at the same time!


Welcome to the Smolen Observatory at the State University of New York at New Paltz. The observatory is used for the education of SUNY students, small research projects, and shows for the public community.

The observatory will be open to the public for Astronomy Night on the first and third Thursday of each month that the university is in session.  See our Public Viewing Nights page for more details.