- SOLD OUT - Rutherfurd Observatory Tour

Tour the Universe without leaving the Upper West Side

New York, New York

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The historic Rutherfurd Observatory resides on the top of Columbia University's Pupin Physics Laboratory housing the university's astronomy and physics departments. It was here in Pupin that the atom was first split in the United States on January 25, 1939 by Enrico Fermi. It was also one of the original laboratories of the Manhattan Project, the secret project to develop the first nuclear weapon during World War II. While astronomical research at the observatory has been curtailed by the advent of light pollution in the city, it is still one of the best places in Manhattan to view the stars.

Come learn about the Universe and get a guided tour of the night sky from some of Columbia's finest researchers.


08:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Attendance limit


Columbia University, Pupin Physics Laboratories
550 W. 120th Street
New York, New York, 10027, USA

Special instructions

Pupin is located on the Columbia University campus - street access from 116th and Broadway, Subway Number 1 Line. The lecture is wheelchair accessible, but unfortunately the roof is not. Bring warm clothes as conditions on the roof can be cold and windy. Observing is subject to weather, but lecture and tour will occur regardless.