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Welcome to the Observatory

On the first Friday of each month the Observatory hosts its monthly "Open House" and will be open from 8:00pm to 11:00pm.

NOTE: The Observatory will not hold Openhouses during July, August and September.

Objects for observation on June 4:

  • Saturn
  • Alcor and Mizar: Ursa Major double
  • Mars and M44: The Beehive (or Praesape - "Manger") cluster
  • M13 Messier 13 is one of the most prominent and best known globulars of the Northern celestial hemisphere.
  • M81,82: Bode's and the cigar galaxies
  • M51: The famous Whirlpool galaxy
  • The Leo Trio: M65, 66, and NGC3628

These events are FREE and open to the public.

  • Where: The observatory is located at the base of the mountain behind the university (see map).
  • When: It is open on the first Friday of EVERY month (weather permitting) from 8:00pm to 11:00pm.
  • For more information: Please call (951) 785-2273 for directions.

La Sierra University is a proud Alliance Member of the Meade 4M Community supported by Meade Telescope, makers of LX200R Astronomical Telescopes.

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Contact Us


La Sierra University

4500 Riverwalk Parkway 
Riverside, CA 92515



Office Location:

Behind the Visual Art



Office Hours:

First Friday of the every 

month, weather permitting,

from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.