Field Experiences

American Astronomical Society Annual Winter Meeting


Harvard Astronomy Undergraduates present posters at the annual AAS meeting in early January. Abstracts for the recent years are available here:

Astrophysics Concentrator Field Trip


The astronomy department sponsors a faculty-led field trip each August for rising senior concentrators. The trip is intended to highlight an astronomical theme and motivate student growth and connections as they enter their senior year. Past trips have included Historical Astronomical Tours of England, observing the Great American Solar Eclipse, and trips to Hawaii, which included telescope observing on the summit of Mauna Kea, home to the world’s most powerful telescopes.

2018 trip to Stonehenge link

Astronomy 100 Trip


Each year undergraduate students enrolled in Astronomy 100 hone their practical astronomy knowledge by using the 48-inch and 60-inch telescopes at the Fred L. Whipple Observatory in Arizona.  This unique week-long trip during Spring Break includes a visit to the University of Arizona Mirror Lab, 3 nights of hands-on observing, nightly pot-luck dinners cooked by the students and teaching staff, and most importantly, an intimate view of how observational astronomers explore the cosmos. 

2019 Group at the observatory link