Observe the Stars,
the Planets, and More
The Hirsch Observatory is
located at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and has been serving
students, researchers, and the public since 1942. (Weather in sidebar)
For the Public
On Saturday nights
starting in early February through mid-November, from 8 to 10, adults and
children are invited to use the facility. If weather doesn't permit a good
view, astronomy programs will be shown instead. See the Public Observing
section for more information.
For the Students
The Rensselaer Astrophysical Society
(RAS) is a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute union-funded organization that
allows students to pursue their interest in astronomy. The society works with
the physics department to maintain the Hirsch Observatory.
Students are trained in
the use of the Society's various telescopes, then
placed on the observatory key list. Once on the key list, members can use the
observatory any time. To learn more about the RAS visit their website.
is located atop the Science Center (number 19 on the campus map).
Travel Directions and Map.
Contact David Morton if
you have any questions, (518)469-6141, firstname.lastname@example.org.