The inspiration to establish Mt. Cuba Observatory was the knowledge that one
of the world's greatest astronomers, Miss Annie Jump Cannon,
was a native of
The general public is invited to visit the Observatory for informal programs of general interest on selected Monday nights. Short illustrated discussions are presented on various astronomical topics followed by a tour of the facilities. On some evenings the Observatory's planetarium is available for special presentations. When sky conditions permit, guests are invited to view the planets, moon, or other objects of special interest through the 4.5" F. G. du Pont refracting telescope. As parking and lecture hall seating is limited, admission is only by prior reservation.
Attendance by preschool children is not encouraged for safety and other considerations. Program schedules are readily available upon request. A map of the Observatory location will be mailed upon request. Admission fees are $3 for adults and $2 for children. There is no admission fee for members although reservations are required. Interested individuals and groups may contact the Observatory's secretary (654-6407) any weekday morning before noon to obtain a current schedule, program information, or to make a reservation.
This group of amateur astronomers maintains a 12.5" Newtonian
telescope a short distance from the main Observatory building. Monthly
meetings are usually held at the Observatory except during the months of July
and August. In an effort to promote astronomy, members routinely host Sky
The observatory welcomes the opportunity to host any group interested in astronomy. Both Technical and Educational Associates are available to provide informal discussions on many astronomical subjects. Visits may be arranged for either day or evening hours depending on Observatory availability. School groups, science clubs, Scout troops, and other organizations of modest size are easily accommodated, interested parties may contact the Observatory to obtain additional information or schedule a visit.
The Mount Cuba Astronomical Observatory, Incorporated, is a private, nonprofit, all volunteer, educational institution supported by donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations. The Observatory's charter describes the organization's mission as the advancement and promotion of the study, observation, and appreciation of the sciences of astronomy, astrophysics, and the related space sciences. For this purpose, the Observatory provides facilities, guidance, and inspiration for astronomical study and research to people of all ages and levels of skill. Interest in, as well as an appreciation of the universe around us, is nurtured through many astronomical activities. Observatory programs are designed to awaken and develop an individual's interest in science and technology, especially astronomy and the space sciences. Routine observatory activities include observation, study, and astrophotography of the moon, planets, stars, nebulae, and other deep space objects. Observatory volunteers routinely participate in international projects and studies. Day and night the Observatory is a busy place. Students and faculty members carryout a varied list of assignments and research projects through a close working relationship with the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware.
Last revised: November 3, 2015