Rhodes College Observatory

The Rhodes Physics Department is proud to host monthly open houses for students, faculty, and the general public. Specific objects visible vary according to the season, but some favorites are the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, the Orion Nebula, the Perseus Double Cluster, and the Andromeda Galaxy. Several telescopes and observatory docents will be available to show these, and other, astronomical objects. Open houses are free and all are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Open House Events:

Fall Semester 2019:

Observatory open houses will be held every Wednesday night, weather permitting. Through October 30th, open houses will run from 8-10pm. After that date, they will run 7-9pm to accomodate daylight savings.Check out the public Rhodes Astronomy Twitter and Facebook  pages before you come for updates on the weather. On cloudy nights, astronomy-related movies may be shown in the astronomy classroom. 

Open houses are held on the sixth floor of Rhodes Tower. Click here for a Campus Map to help you find your way.


The observatory houses a 20" PlaneWave reflecting telescope. This large telescope is fully computer controlled, and is equipped with a robust CCD imaging system. This enables high-fidelity images of distant and dim deep-sky objects. 

In addition, the observatory has eight tripod- mounted Celestron 8" computerized telescopes. These mobile telescopes provide excellent views of the moon, planets, and a variety of other celestial objects.

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Current Weather Conditions:

Stay up to date with the current conditions at Rhodes by checking out the college weather station!

Rhodes Astronomy Photo Slideshow:

Observatory Photos

Sky Condition Forecast for Memphis, TN:

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