Etelman Observatory

Etelman Observatory(圣 托马斯)

Etelman Observatory

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圣 托马斯231 条分享
An Real Observatory on St Thomas? Yes!
2015年3月 • 好友
On the occasional Friday night, the Etelman Observatory (part of the university) will be open to the public. To get an invite, email Dr. David Morris at You select a time (they usually have three viewings per night, with the first one especially geared to children). Since there is no parking per se at the observatory, you're picked up in the Sibilly School parking lot (above Sib's), and safaried up to the facility. They give a short lecture, usually featuring a video, then up to the roof to look through the telescope. Then they ferry you back to the parking lot.
Lots of fun! And educational, too! We've been three times now.
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Rochester NY103 条分享
outstanding evening!
2015年11月 • 好友
What a wonderful way to spend an evening. From seeing craters on the moon to Jupiter to nebulae, it was fascinating and informative. There are several astronomers there with telescopes set up for viewing, and they will tell you all kinds of interesting things. The talk given by one of the UVI professors made me wish I could be in his classroom every day. Free shuttle service is available near Sibs. No way would you want to attempt the drive up there. As our driver said, "We are now entering Jurassic Park!" There are 3 sessions, once a month on Friday. It's a great way to spend an hour.
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圣 托马斯夏洛特阿马利亚1,253 条分享
Great evening with the stars and the planets
2015年9月 • 家庭
Went with the kids on their public night. Informative lecture before the viewing. The kids were amazed with being able to see the rings around Saturn. You have to get on the email list to get invited on public nights.
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Fran S
Bemont, New Hampshire, United States115 条分享
Priceless Activity on St Thomas that is a Must-Do: Etelman Observatory and Science Center
2014年1月 • 家庭
This review is about the University of Virgin Islands Etelman Observatory

I say priceless for two reasons: It is currently free to the Public on specified evenings, and it is an educational opportunity to view the southern night sky that most of us do not get.

Etelman Observatory is in a location that was once a residence belonging to Harry I Etelman. It houses the only 0.5, robotic, research-grade telescope within approximately 3000 miles. (Next closest is to the east, in Chile; and in the west, Arizona, U.S.)

Last night, my husband and I got the chance to visit Etelman Observatory for the first time. We chose the 9:30 viewing time as to avoid the groups of children who come to see the telescope. There is no parking at the Observatory, so we parked our car at the Sibilly School parking lot (next to Sib's restaurant). Taxi shuttles picked us up and brought us to the Observatory and back. (I'd like to just note here that tipping the Drivers would be a really nice gesture as everything is funded by grants and charity.) The whole trip was two and a half hours long.

Dr. David Morris, assistant professor of physics at the University of the Virgin Islands and the director of the Etelman Observatory, his wife, and a staff of volunteers run a very nice program. Snacks and bottled water were provided, as well as giveaways for both adults and children.

We watched a brief presentation by Dr. Morris (this one was about the development of the telescope), and then up to the roof we went to view the night sky. During this visit, we were the last to leave. The volunteers had already begun to pack up, not realizing we had not viewed the telescope yet. Dr. Morris, and his very able and tired 5th grade assistant, Tyler, started everything up for us again.

We had come to view the star we purchased for our grandson through the International Star Registry program. They found it for us. Not only did we see Jupiter and its moons, but we got to see "Jackpot' too! This is a group that truly cares about sharing the knowledge!!!

The only suggestion I have to improve, if they are reading this, is to have a Guest Book available for signing. They mentioned beginning a Facebook page. A Guest Book with e-mails would go a long way in spreading the good word about Etelman Observatory :-)

To find out when the next showing is and to make reservations, email: or call 617-510-1658
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