John J. McCarthy Observatory

A world-class astronomical observatory located on the campus of the New Milford High School. Arrange a visit for a tour, an educational session, to participate in a science project, or to just view the moon, planets and stars. Students can explore the six-mile outdoor “true-scale” solar system on their own odyssey from the Sun to Pluto and beyond! Afterward rest in Galileo’s Garden, which contains a replica of Galileo’s first telescope and the “1,000 Suns for New Milford”.
 
Contact Info
Address: 388 Danbury Road, New Milford, CT 06776. Litchfield County. Tel: 860-946-0312. Email: mccarthy.observatory@gmail.com. Website: www.mccarthyobservatory.org. Hrs: Vary.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Hrs: Vary. Same Day Bookings? No. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Cost: Free. 
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Science, STEM.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: STEM.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

360 Degrees Observatories Lesson Plan

Most major cities have an observation deck. Built on top of skyscrapers, they provide visitors with 360˚ views of the world below and give them an opportunity to view a city from a different perspective. Students observe the physical and human geography of a city from the vantage point of an observation deck.... Continue