As of right now, the Obsevatory is temporarily closed to the public. Students in our ASTR101/102 courses will have guided occasional access to the facility during labs. Please continue to visit our page for any reopening updates!
Unfortunately, telescopes do not allow us to see through clouds! Therefore, on overcast nights, we will not be open. Call ahead to 509-544-4986 if you're unsure!
Depending on what you'd like to use our Observatory for, we could work with you to schedule a private event. Our Planetarium & Observatory Director will be happy to discuss your options!
Astronomy at CBC
The Astronomy program gives students a choice in how they integrate and apply math and science skills in their learning process. Currently, introductory astronomy is taught as the primary astronomy class. This includes understanding the basics of observational astronomy, the solar system, stars, galaxies and the universe. Our Observatory provides a hands-on learning experience in a research-grade facility. The use of the scientific process, math skills and critical thinking are emphasized as the basis for moving forward in a technologically challenging world.