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Carnegie Observatories Open House

Sun Oct 13, 2019
2:00pm to 5:00pm
5 and up

Look to the stars!  Families can explore the past, present, and future of astronomy at the Carnegie Observatories Open House.


  • Meet the astronomers and learn about their discoveries at the frontiers of science today
  • See amazing photos from Las Campanas, Carnegie's state-of-the-art observatory in Chile
  • Visit the Machine Shop to see how instruments are made for the telescopes in Chile
  • Bring questions about the Universe to the “Ask the Astronomer” table 
  • View the sun through a solar telescope
  • Celebrate 50th anniversary of the beginning of Las Campanas Observatory
  • Tour the historic Hale Library and learn about more than a century of pioneering achievements by Carnegie scientists
  • See a display of historical astronomical images taken on glass from the early part of the 20th century.
  • Get the latest update on the Giant Magellan Telescope —one of the most powerful next-generation telescopes.
  • Enjoy ice cream, drinks and music in the beautiful outdoor courtyard.
  • Make your own constellation and other fun children’s astro activities.

All are welcome, NO RSVP NECESSARY.

Large crowds are expected this year and parking is limited. Please consider taking public transit. The Observatories is a 10 minute walk from the Lake Metro Goldline station. There is ample free parking at the Sierra Madre Villa station. Lyft/Uber might also be a good option.

Carnegie Astronomy
813 Santa Barbara St
Pasadena, CA 91101
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