The observatory is open to the public every Tuesday night except during Yale's Winter Break. Every Tuesday night we present planetarium shows, and, if the skies are clear, we open up our telescopes for public viewing of stars, planets, and nebulae at the end of twilight. Admission to the planetarium shows costs $5/person, although Yale students and children under 13 are admitted for free. Check our twitter feed (twitter.com/lfop) to find out if it will clear enough for observing on a given Tuesday night. We are also sometimes open to the public on other nights for special celestial events (such as eclipses, comets, etc.) or for special lectures, classes, etc.
To get to the Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium:
• From I-91: Take the Willow Street Exit (Exit 6) and turn right to head west on Willow St. Drive to the end of Willow St. and turn left at the "T" onto Whitney Ave. Turn right onto Edwards St., and after one block, turn right at the light onto Prospect St. Go through another light and then take the first right into the LFOP driveway (the sign for our driveway is small).
• From points west, via. Hwy. 15: Take Exit 59 onto Whalley Ave. and head left (east) on Whalley. Take Whalley all the way into town (it will turn into Elm St.), and turn left onto Church St. Church St. will turn into Whitney Ave. as you head north. Turn left at Edwards, and then right on Prospect. The driveway into LFOP is the first right after the traffic light at Edwards St. (the driveway sign is small).