The Observatory and its staff have a long, rich history of community engagement, both here on site and beyond in the classroom. Wallace staff and students are looking forward to visiting you at your school or star party in the future. We hope to continue supporting our local STEAM teachers through school visits (in-person demos and solar observing once Covid protocols allow for us to safely visit you) and remote presentations of astronomy-related material. If you would like to know more, please contact us!
Sadly, with a significant increase in Covid cases in our area, we cannot hold in-person tours right now. We will be contacting already scheduled tours on a case by case basis to come up with a solution. Our hope is to resume scheduling as soon as it is appropriate to do so. We may try to host another livestreaming virtual tour - stay tuned for more updates.
**Please stop contacting Haystack Observatory or anywhere else for Wallace tour information. Thank you.
For winter tours, we are typically starting between 6-7PM and they run 60-75 minutes. Weather depending, using the Elliot 24-inch telescope, we will typically view the Moon, any available planets and deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula.
Note: we will have new restrictions in place to insure the safety of our staff and our visitors: 1) Full vaccination (including boosters) against Covid-19 is required, 2) Masks are required at all times. Most groups will be limited to ~10 to allow for social distancing when inside the buildings and domes. If your group is smaller, we may combine your tour with another small group.
Cost: We are asking for a minimum donation of $5/person. We can write you a receipt after the tour is over. Donations will help fund a major expansion to the Observatory so that we can significantly enhance our offerings to MIT students as well as the general public.
Contact observatory manager, Tim Brothers, wao @ mit.edu, with "tour" in the subject line for more info.
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