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Online Reservation Request

On the recommendations of the WHO and CDC to limit public gatherings, out of (what is hopefully an) overabundance of caution, the Dearborn Observatory is CANCELLING all Friday evening Dearborn public open houses until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus.  We hope that events will soon stabilize and we can re-open to the public as soon as possible.  Please keep checking this page for updates.


Online Reservation Request

Fall/Winter Hours*:

At this time, March-July reservation times are completely full. However, guests are welcome during the walk-in hour. 

Please complete the online form for requesting a reservation. These slots are filled quickly, and therefore, it is best to provide alternate dates.

There is no fee for the Friday night observation hour, however if you make a reservation for a group of 10 or more we require a refundable deposit which will be returned to you on the night of your visit. If you would like to make a reservation or need information about viewing, please call Peri Drury at 847-491-7650.

Please be advised that the dome does not have heat or air conditioning so please dress appropriately. Friday night tours are held "rain or shine," although of course cloud cover affects viewing. Tours are hosted by Ph.D. students and/or undergraduate students majoring in Physics & Astronomy. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions.

Unfortunately, the Dearborn Observatory is NOT ADA-accessible. Several staircases must be climbed in order to reach the telescope.

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