Because of the wet weather and clouds predicted for Saturday, April 29, 2023 we are canceling the free, public open house we had planned for tomorrow night — itself a postponement because of the clouds on the previous Saturday.
We will try again in the fall.
This is what the GFS forecast is producing for a forecast of average cloud cover for 8 pm EDT Saturday (00:00 Sunday, Universal Time, aka Zulu time) in the mid-Atlantic sector. White means ‘Overcast’.
Maya Chelle said:
Oh no!! What a shame. Thank you for updating, I look forward to fall then.
Hello! I had been to Hopewell Observatory many years ago when I was very young, so when my boyfriend asked if I knew where we might be able to go stargazing on our anniversary, the only place that I knew existed was Hopewell. Come to do some digging to make the date and found out that we just missed the open house, and alas, it was cancelled. I’m leaving a comment in lieu of not being able to find a functional website or email to contact someone with; I understand that the observatory is not perpetually available to the public, nor is it perpetually free to access. Is there any ability to arrange a date to come to the observatory? My partner has been an avid star gazer all his life, but I don’t think he’s ever had the opportunity to use any professional telescopes. He’d be elated to talk shop about astronomy, and I personally have been having lots of fun getting to know the cosmos more intimately.
I’ve signed up to be notified when there is a response to this post, so please let me know if there’s any way we can come to the observatory. All the best,
We will have another open house this fall. It’s a privately-run, -owned, and -operated observatory, not normally open to the public. my email address is email@example.com