In keeping with a long-standing tradition stemming from its opening in the early 1970s, the Observatory remains focused on community involvement and learning opportunities. The Ashcroft Observatory is open every Monday night to all those interested in learning about constellations or viewing distant parts of the galaxy. Interested parties should plan on arriving at the observatory just as the sun sets. As weather or other conditions might alter this schedule, before driving out, please call the number above to make sure someone is there.
This is a free opportunity, and has been of great use in the past to school groups, scout groups and families. All are welcome and encouraged to enjoy the splendor in the skies.
We are open to the public free of charge every Monday night, weather permitting. We are open for about two hours after sunset, however we try to keep our times close to the hour mark, so if the sun goes down at 6:45, we’ll be open at 7:00 pm. If it’s going down at 8:20 pm, we’ll be there by 8:00 pm.
You may schedule other times for groups by calling us at (435) 586-1409, but please give us a week’s notice and leave a message if no one is there. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some directions to get to the observatory from SUU:
1. Head north on S 800 W toward W Center St.
2. Take the 3rd left onto W 200 N.
3. Continue onto UT-56 W/W 400 N.
5. Follow that road and right before the road sharply curves to the right you will see a small dirt road directly in front of you with a sign that says “Ashcroft Observatory”. It leads up a hill. Go up the hill and you’re there.
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