Rogers Observatory

The Observatory was founded and constructed completely from public donations, the result of a tireless effort by instructor Joseph H. Rogers to build a permanent home for what had been NMC's "portable" telescope. Forty-three businesses and 106 individuals contributed money, materials, land and labor to construct the observatory. Since then, more than 100,000 community members have visited for the regular public viewing nights as well as for special celestial events like comets Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake in 1996. The observatory hosted its largest crowds in August 2003, when Mars made its closest approach to Earth in more than 50,000 years.

Students from the NMC Astronomy Club and the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society (GTAS) host public viewing nights at Rogers Observatory.
The admission fee is $2 per person, or $5 per family.


Friday, January 8, 9–11 p.m.
Note: This is the second Friday due to the holiday.
Friday, February 5, 9–11 p.m.
Friday, March 4, 9–11 p.m.
Friday, April 1, 9–11 p.m.
Friday, May 6, 9–11 p.m.
Monday, May 9, 7 a.m.–3 p.m. – Transit of Mercury
Note: This viewing will only be held if the skies are clear.
Saturday, May 14, 9–11 p.m.
Friday, June 3, 9–11 p.m.
Saturday, June 11, 9–11 p.m.
Friday, July 1, 9–11 p.m.
Saturday, July 9, 9–11 p.m.
Friday, August 5, 9–11 p.m.
Saturday, August 27, 9–11 p.m.
Friday, September 2, 9–11 p.m.
Saturday, September 10 , 9–11 p.m.
Friday, October 7, 9–11 p.m.
Friday, November 4, 9–11 p.m.
Friday, December 2, 9–11 p.m.