Cline Observatory is a unique resource for the Triad. Its location on the Jamestown Campus of Guilford Technical Community College makes it possible for school groups, families, and interested citizens to have the wonders of the universe available in a convenient setting.
The observatory is equipped with a professional quality 24-inch reflecting telescope housed under a 6-meter rotating dome. Additional telescopes can be set up on an adjacent observing pad. With these instruments, visitors can view the moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies.
GTCC’s Solar System Walk begins at the observatory and spans the campus. It provides images and information about the sun, planets, and minor bodies in the solar system in a set of displays scaled in accordance with the real solar system.
You are invited to visit the observatory on any clear Friday night during the year. Viewing begins half an hour after sunset during March-October and at 7 p.m. during November-February. Sessions usually last about two hours. School, scout, or community group sessions can be arranged by contacting the observatory staff.
Throughout the year, the observatory presents special lectures and events, including TriStar, an annual festival of astronomy held in March, and the annual Fall Astronomy Day Lecture. All observatory programs are free and open to anyone wanting to attend.
See our current schedule of free public viewing sessions. For updates about observatory events and status of our sessions, monitor our Twitter Updates Page @gtccastro.
Contact the Observatory at 336-334-4822 (Greensboro) or 336-454-1126336-454-1126 (High Point) extension 50023 or email Tom English for information about our facility and its programs.