The Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium will be closed for the winter break, from Wednesday, December 12, 2019 through Monday, January 13, 2020. There will be no public shows or telescope viewing during this period.

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

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.


November 11, 2019
Join us at the observatory on Monday, November 11, 2019 at 10:00 am (weather permitting) to view the Transit of Mercury across the Sun. Our Reed 8-inch telescope will be...
August 30, 2019
Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth’s great life support system: the global climate. With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced...
April 30, 2019
Narrated by Richard Dormer. Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins. Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems,...