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External Affairs

The Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian External Affairs Office issues press releases and other media materials pertaining to the CfA's research and projects, as well as overseeing community outreach programs, including the popular Public Observatory Nights lecture and observing series.

Whether you’re a member of the media looking to connect with an astrophysicist on the latest Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian discovery, or an individual with an interest in the cosmic phenomena studied at the CfA, the External Affairs Office wants to hear from you.

Contact us for all media inquiries and public events at

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CfA | Harvard & Smithsonian Events

The Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian sponsors a variety of free programs for the public. Among these events are Observatory Nights held on the third Thursday of select months. Observatory Nights feature a nontechnical lecture intended for high-school age and older audiences but children are also welcome. We also sponsor a variety of other special observing events throughout the year. Admission is free.

These events will be held virtually until it is safe to meet in person.

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Current Night Sky

The “Current Night Sky” report is intended to keep amateur observers up-to-date on pertinent astrophysical events, as well as instructing observers on what is visible while observing in the local skies.