Liberty University Astronomical Observatory

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”
–Psalm 19:1, ESV

View the night sky at the Astronomical Observatory located off Sunnymeade Road near the back of the Liberty University Equestrian Center grounds.

Our site offers prime viewing for stargazing with open space and minimal light noise.

Students, faculty, staff, and their guests are welcome to visit the observatory during our normal hours of operation.

Facility

See the planets, moon, and stars through the largest telescope in the region, a 24-inch DFM Engineering telescope. The telescope sits one story off the ground, giving you better view of the sky. Or, enjoy a clear and wide field of view with one of our 8-inch Celestron telescopes.

The observatory also houses an instructional lab where you can find more about the constellations and stars before observing them with the telescopes.

Operating Status

Since observing is highly dependent on weather, our operation is determined each afternoon. Before visiting the Observatory, check the LU Astronomical Observatory Facebook page for our operating status.

Directions to the Observatory

From the intersection of University Boulevard and Candlers Mountain Road, drive east on Candlers Mountain 3.3 miles until you stop at the "T" into Sunnymeade Road. Turn left on Sunnymeade and drive 1.5 miles. You will see the white rail fence of the Equestrian Center on your left; turn left onto Traveler Road to enter the Equestrian Center. 

Drive slowly (10 mph speed limit) along Traveler for about 0.5 miles, passing horse barns and the equipment shed on the left. If the red gate is open, drive through it and turn right to approach the observatory 200 yards up on the right. (If the gate is not open, we are likely closed.) Watch for pedestrians and parked equipment. It may be very dark, so drive, park, and walk carefully.

Schedule A Visit

On a limited basis, we are opening the LU Astronomical Observatory to the general public! 

Using the link below, the general public can sign up to visit the observatory the day before your visit (or same evening if positions are still available). 

Schedule Your Visit

Instructions:

Thank you for your interest in Liberty’s Observatory and we look forward to showing you the night sky!

  1. Starting at 6 p.m. on the day before your visit, select the date of interest. Provide your email address to receive confirmation and the names of each person in your party.
    This is a first come, first served basis for groups of up to 12 people. Please use only the number of openings you need, as space is limited. If you need to make arrangements for a larger group, please contact math@liberty.edu as soon as possible. 
  2. It is crucial that you check our Facebook page (see link in left column) prior to departing to be sure weather allows us to open. We are not able to email you regarding cancelations. If we are closed due to weather, you will have to apply again to attend on a new night.
  3. Finally, please print your confirmation email so you can show it to a staff member. Follow driving directions above and drive slowly on equestrian center grounds. 


Operating Hours

Mon, Thur. 9 p.m.–11 p.m.
Fri–Sat. 9 p.m.–12 a.m.

Weather permitting - check Facebook


Contact

Math Department
math@liberty.edu

Dr. Scott Long
slong1@liberty.edu

Prof. Tomkins
rdtomkin@liberty.edu


Connect

Astronomical Observatory

 Hours, pictures, and special events

Astronomical Society

 LU Astronomical Society