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THE STAFF
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David H. Bradstreet, Ph.D

Professor and Chair of Astronomy and Physics
Observatory/Planetarium Director

Dr. Bradstreet earned a B.S. from Eastern College in Astronomy, Communications and Secondary Education and a M.S. and Ph. D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has worked with NASA, the National Science Foundation and the International Astronomical Union.  He is currently the senior most full-time Faculty member at Eastern University, beginning his 41st year of teaching there.  Dr. Bradstreet was instrumental in raising the funds for and designing the Observatory which bears his name.  He also helped raise the funds for both digital upgrades of the Fowler Planetarium in 2006 and 2015.  He co-authored the Binary Maker 3.0 software program that helps astronomical researchers worldwide calculate the characteristics of binary stars. In 2014 the International Astronomical Union named the asteroid 5826 Bradstreet in honor of his work in binary stars and for his innovative Spitz Fulldome Planetarium Curriculum.  Dr. Bradstreet has been happily married to his best friend, Colleen, for 40 years.

Steven J. Sanders

Planetarium/Observatory Administrator
Webmaster
Illustrations Expert

Graduating in 2001, Steven left with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Astronomy. In 2002 he came back to Eastern University to run the Bradstreet Observatory working on many research projects under the supervision of Dr. Bradstreet. Steven regularly creates high quality illustrations and 3D videos on astronomical topics for both flat screens and fulldome use. In 2007 the planetarium was upgraded and Steven has been helping run the planetarium since it's inception. He now helps run the Julia Fowler planetarium, helping schedule field trips and running shows for the public. 

Email: ssander2@eastern.edu

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Location and Hours


Location and Hours


LOCATION
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The Julia Fowler Planetarium and Bradstreet Observatory are located on the third and fourth floor of Eastern University's McInnis Hall. 

Directions to here:
McInnis Hall, Eastern University
1300 Eagle Road
St. Davids, PA
19087

Note that these directions do not take you exactly to McInnis Hall, but to Walton Hall. Once you arrive at Eastern's campus, please use the detailed instructions below.

VERY DETAILED Location INSTRUCTIONS

Use the instructions with the campus map provided below.

After turning into Eastern University’s entrance from Eagle Road, pass two buildings on your left (labeled [1] and [2] on the map). Stay left after the stop sign and follow the road all the way around and over a bridge until you arrive at another stop sign right before a parking lot. The first building you will see is McInnis Hall (labeled 19 on the map), which has three total entrances: back, side, and front. It is not the building with an all glass side (i.e. it is not the building labeled 17 on the map). Enter from any entrance that is open. There will be at least one open entrance. Continue up the stairs to the third floor or use the elevator. There are two parallel hallways on the third floor of McInnis Hall and the Planetarium is in the perpendicular hallway linking the two parallel hallways. See below for a visual representation.

HOURS OF OPERATION

julia fowler planetarium

Monday - Friday 
10:00am - 5:00pm
Call us at (610)-341-1390

Saturday - Sunday
Closed for Private Shows

Bradstreet observatory

Night Schedule

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

Reserved time for student lab: Begins at sunset, ends at sunrise

Tuesday
Public Night: Begins at sunset, lasts about an hour

All times not used for student lab and Public Night are used for Binary Star Research.

Always closed on cloudy and rainy nights

Daylight Schedule

Monday - Friday 
10:00am - 5:00pm
Call us at (610)-341-1390

Saturday - Sunday
Closed during daylight

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