White Memorial Observatory

Built in 1997 by members of the Mattatuck Astronomical Society (MAS), the Dorrit Hoffleit observatory at White Memorial has been a tremendous asset to the club members and the public.  The observatory is currently maintained and operated by MAS and the Litchfield Hills club.  Its 17.5″ telescope, an integral part of the club’s public outreach efforts, has recently (2016) been upgraded with computerized “go-to” controls, vastly improving the star party experience and supplementing our members’ own equipment.

The observatory is named for E. Dorrit Hoffleit (1907-2007), an American astronomer noted for her work on variable stars and star catalogs.  You can read about her life and career at Wikipedia – Dorrit Hoffleit.

Latest weather at White Memorial

Winter Storm Warning

Issued:
4:53 PM EST on November 15, 2018
Expires:
1:00 PM EST on November 16, 2018

Special Statement

Issued:
7:28 PM EST on November 15, 2018
Expires:
9:15 PM EST on November 15, 2018
Ice Pellets
Thursday
Ice Pellets
100%
Rain
Friday
Rain
100%
Clear
Saturday
Clear
10%
Snow Showers
Sunday
Snow Showers
40%
Snow
Monday
Snow
40%

Clear Sky Chart


Read this reference to understand the color coding. In a nutshell, if you see lots of blue blocks, especially in the cloud cover section there is a high chance it will be clear then.  White blocks are bad.

Litchfield Hills Amateur Astronomy Club