Join us at one of Chattanooga's premiere free attractions.

The Observatory is located 4.5 miles east of campus at 10 Tuxedo Avenue, north of Brainerd Road and Belvoir Ave.

If you have trouble with the path up the front entrance, feel free to park in the parking lot behind Brainerd United Methodist Church.  Walk up the trail by the cemetery and use the back entrance.

We are open on most Sunday evenings during the UTC school year. The Fall 2013 season will begin in late October.  This fall we will be discussing, "The Search for Extrasolar Planets."  All of our presentations will relate to that topic.  See our schedule link for further details.

 

Jones Observatory Spring 2016 Schedule

Sunday January 24, 2016 UTC Jones Observatory Opens
• Tonight’s Topic-The Latest From Pluto
• Featured Constellations-The Pleiades
• Gates open at 5:30. Lecture and Planetarium show begin at 6:00. Telescope viewing until 8:00.
Sunday January 31, 2016
• Tonight’s Topic- The Latest From Pluto
• Featured Constellations-Taurus
• Gates open at 5:30. Lecture and Planetarium show begin at 6:00. Telescope viewing until 8:00.

Sunday February 7, 2016
• Tonight’s Topic- Brown Dwarfs
• Featured Constellations- Taurus 
• Gates open at 5:30. Lecture and Planetarium show begin at 6:00. Telescope viewing until 8:00.
Sunday February 14, 2016
• Tonight’s Topic-Brown Dwarfs
• Featured Constellations-Gemini
• Gates open at 5:30. Lecture and Planetarium show begin at 6:00. Telescope viewing until 8:00.
Sunday February 21, 2016
• Tonight’s Topic- The Latest From Mars
• Featured Constellations-Gemini
• Gates open at 5:30. Lecture and Planetarium show begin at 6:00. Telescope viewing until 8:00.
Sunday February 28, 2016
• Tonight’s Topic- The Latest From Mars
• Featured Constellations-Orion
• Gates open at 5:30. Lecture and Planetarium show begin at 6:00. Telescope viewing until 8:00.

Sunday March 6, 2016
• Tonight’s Topic-The Moons of Jupiter
• Featured Constellations-Orion
• Gates open at 6:30. Lecture and Planetarium show begin at 7:00. Telescope viewing until 8:00.

Sunday April 3, 2016
• Tonight’s Topic- The Moons of Jupiter
• Featured Constellations-Leo
• Gates open at 6:30. Lecture and Planetarium show begin at 7:00. Telescope viewing until 9:00.
Sunday April 10, 2016
• Tonight’s Topic- The Big Red Spot
• Featured Constellations-The Summer Triangle
• Gates open at 6:30. Lecture and Planetarium show begin at 7:00. Telescope viewing until 9:00.
Sunday April 17, 2016
• Tonight’s Topic- The Big Red Spot
• Featured Constellations-The Summer Triangle
• Gates open at 6:30. Lecture and Planetarium show begin at 7:00. Telescope viewing until 9:00.
Sunday April 24, 2016
• Tonight’s Topic- Radio Astronomy
• Featured Constellations-The Summer Triangle
• Gates open at 6:30. Lecture and Planetarium show begin at 7:00. Telescope viewing until 9:00.


For further information, to schedule large groups, or request special accommodations, please contact:

Jack Pitkin
Department of Physics, Geology, and Astronomy
(423) 425-4518
jack-pitkin@utc.edu