Observatories

Crow Observatory

The Crow Observatory is open to the Washington University community on clear evenings, Monday through Thursday, during the fall and spring semesters, usually from 7 or 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., depending on sky conditions. Visitors can check here during viewing hours to see if the Observatory is is open.

The location is atop Crow Hall on the northeast corner of the WU Hilltop Campus. You can enter the building through the south door, then go up the stairs and follow the signs. Admission is free, and members of the campus and local community are welcome. Groups numbering seven or more, or anyone who has special requirements must make advance reservations by calling 314-935-6250 during the day. Click here for more information.

Tyson Observatory

Tyson is a University owned facility about 20 miles outside of town that is home to a wolf and wild bird sanctuary, biology and ecology experiments, some mysterious underground bunkers, and wildlife (deer, rattlesnakes and wild turkeys). In the middle of the heavily wooded property, we located a clearing suitable to place the observatory. The sky is visible to within 30 degrees of the horizon in all directions, and the site is quite dark with no direct light and only relatively faint light from St. Louis in the distance. Click here for more information.

Antipodal Transient Observatory

This is a collaboration between McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences and the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA). Click here for more information.