Public Viewing

Students from the NMC Astronomy Club and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) host public viewing nights.

2023 Public Viewing Schedule:

Information regarding virtual public viewing nights being held the first Friday of each month can be found on the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) website at

2023 Events:

2023 Solar Eclipse Map Solar Eclipse
October 14th, 11:42 a.m.–2:18 p.m.
NMC Main Campus
Betsie Valley District Library

Star Party
October 21, 8 p.m.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

  • Orion Nebula: A stellar nursery, 1,800 light years away, visible on winter evenings
  • Summer Milky Way: Many Deep Sky Objects are visible in our galaxy, best seen on August and September evenings

Web Sites of Interest

For Kids:

Visit NASA Space Place! The Space Place is for elementary school-aged kids, their teachers, and their parents.

For more information on events at the Rogers Observatory, call (231) 995-2300.

For more information on events sponsored by GTAS, go to

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"It's a wonderful thing when the community comes out and uses the facility they helped to build."