Star Gazes At Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory


CVAC is pleased to assist with public star gazes at the observatory atop the Minges Science Building on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory


The observatory at Lenoir-Rhyne is at the top of a building. Access is via elevator to the fourth floor. A set of stairs takes you to the observing deck and another small set of stairs goes to the main telescope in the dome.

Lenoir-Rhyne University is pleased to offer astronomy to everyone! Visitors with mobility issues are welcome to come to the fourth floor or visit a designated classroom on the first floor to see a live video feed from the telescopes. Handicap parking and a ramp to the first floor is located on the road loop behind the Minges Building.


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Click Here for an article on the Lenoir-Rhyne University Observatory

The next scheduled observing events at Lenoir-Rhyne are:

Friday, August 29, 2014

Free Public Observing at Lenoir Rhyne Observatory Minges Science Building 8:30 to 10:30 p m Arrive before 9 p.m.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Free Public Observing at Lenoir Rhyne Observatory Minges Science Building 8 to 10 p m Arrive before 9 p.m.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Free Public Observing at Lenoir Rhyne Observatory Minges Science Building 7:30 to 10 p m Arrive before 9 p.m.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Free Public Observing at Lenoir Rhyne Observatory Minges Science Building 7 to 10 p m Arrive before 9 p.m.

Getting There


When You Arrive...

Parking is available in the parking lot in front of the Minges Science Building and in other designated parking spots on campus.

Enter the Minges Science Building from either end.

If entering from the south entrance, next to the library, go down the hall to the center and take the elevator to the 4th floor.

If entering from the north entrance, next to the dorm, go either up or down one flight of stairs and go down the hall to the center and take the elevator to the 4th floor.

The 4th floor is a mechanical/utility floor. Take the stairs up to the observing deck.

When you arrive at the top, sign the guest book if there is one.

Turn right and go outside and take a right to the telescopes

Or, go through the door straight ahead and up the spiral stairs to the telescope in the dome. Please close the door behind you.