Welcome

Welcome

The Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium is a facility of the Yale Department of Astronomy dedicated to education, public outreach, and student research.

Every Tuesday night, the Leitner Observatory presents shows in the planetarium theater which are open to the public. Following the show on Tuesday nights (weather permitting*), participants are invited to observe the night sky through one of the Observatory’s telescopes.

*Be sure to check the LFOP twitter feed for important news and updates.
 
You can get an idea of how clear the skies might be by clicking the chart below.

News

May 24, 2018
The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon… is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons. Scientists now believe that our galaxy...
April 4, 2018
Join Yale astronomers for the world space party at the Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium! Celebrate human spaceflight on the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first...
February 11, 2018
What keeps Galaxies together? What are the building blocks of the Universe? What makes the Universe look the way it looks today? Researchers all around the world try to...