The historic Ladd Observatory opened in 1891 under the direction of Prof. Winslow Upton. A regular program of transit observations and timekeeping was started in 1893. Prof. Charles Smiley, famous for his observations of solar eclipses, became director of Ladd Observatory in 1938. Associate Dean of the College David Targan is the current director.
210 Doyle Avenue, at the corner of Doyle and Hope. Park on Doyle Ave. as Observatory parking is very limited.
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This year we are celebrating our 125th anniversary. There will be special programs throughout the year at Ladd Observatory, the John Hay Library, and the Providence Public Library which will be announced soon. Discover the stories of our rich history of science and education at our new blog.