Stargazing at Griffin Observatory

Fall 2019: Sept. 20, Sept. 27, Oct.  4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25. Spring 2020: Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Feb. 28, March 6.

Doors open 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., weather permitting.
exterior of Kemper Center, beside Lake Michigan

The Carthage College Society of Physics Students and friends will make available to the public Carthage’s 11-inch telescope on select Fridays during the Fall and Spring at the Griffin Observatory on the Kemper Center grounds.

These events are free. Guests are encouraged to dress warmly. Some stair climbing is required. We encourage children who are accompanied by adults.

The Griffin Observatory allows adventurers to see the universe from a historic setting, using modern technology. Following a four-year renovation, the 19th century astronomy laboratory has taken on new life as a stargazing, teaching and recreation facility. It’s open to the public on select nights during the year.

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Brian Schwartz at or (262) 551-6042.

Note, Fall 2019 dates feature Jupiter and Saturn through early October.