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

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,...
January 20, 2019
Update on the Total Lunar Eclipse tonight: Due to icy roads and plunging temps, viewing at the planetarium is canceled. Stay safe and watch the eclipse from home tonight. The...
January 15, 2019
The scene was 74,000 years ago, on the island of Sumatra. A volcanic eruption triggered the sudden and violent collapse of a vast regional plateau. Toba, as the volcano is...