Talcott Mountain Science Center
Located on the top of Talcott Mountain in Avon, Connecticut, the Talcott Mountain Science Center commands a breathtaking view of 5,000 square miles (12,800 square km), which reaches beyond the borders of the state. An observatory with a 12-inch (30 cm) telescope was opened in 2017—which complements a number of skydomes already installed—and the facility hosts a 44-foot (13 m) multimedia tilted-dome planetarium. The center enjoys an unobstructed view of the celestial sphere, and public viewing sessions are planned periodically around celestial phenomena such as meteor showers, comets, eclipses and conjunctions of the planets; however, the public should be aware that scheduled events are subject to change due to inclement weather. Private viewings can be scheduled for groups of 20 or more.