Public Observation Night


Each semester, Millikin hosts Public Observation Nights in the Requarth Observatory every Tuesday after spring break from 7:30-9:30 p.m. when there are clear skies and while the weather is warm (early September–early November in the fall and March to semester’s end in mid-May in the Spring).

Public Observation Nights are free and open to the public. 

In addition to the main 20" (0.5 meter) telescope in the Requarth Observatory, Leighty-Tabor Science Center also features an observation deck on the fifth floor that surrounds the base of the observatory dome. This observation deck provides a platform on which 8" telescopes, which are commonly used in Millikin’s astronomy labs, will also be prepared for viewing.

The Leighty-Tabor Science Center is located just off Fairview Avenue in Decatur. The southeast entrance of the building will remain unlocked during observation nights to allow guests access to the science center’s elevator. For more information, contact Dr. Casey R. Watson at or any of the Society of Physics Student Officers:

Ken Sandoval – President ( )

Lissa Mpinganzima – Vice (

Edwin Monroe – Treasurer ( )

Kendra Marnul – Secretary ( )