About Skyscrapers

Skyscrapers, Inc. is a group of amateur astronomers who share a love of the sky. Members include knowledgeable veterans and beginning observers who get together regularly to discuss and learn about the science of astronomy. Our monthly meetings usually feature speakers from one of New England’s top schools, including Harvard, MIT and Brown, and cover topics spanning the fields of astronomy and cosmology. Also, several times a year our own members or other amateur astronomers may present talks about their observing experiences. These monthly programs are designed to enlighten both our members and guests.

One does not need any special knowledge to visit or join Skyscrapers. However, not long after joining you will be amazed at how much you can learn from our experienced observers. All you have to show is an interest. Our members will provide the rest..

Our members often travel to other astronomical societies, observatories and planetariums to enjoy what other institutions have to offer. We travel to observe solar eclipses and once-in-a-lifetime events like the return of Halley’s comet.

Some of our members build telescopes, while others just observe through them.

But right at home at Seagrave Observatory we observe the heavens together and share the experience. And with the internet we can now more readily share images some of our members have taken through their telescopes as well as communicate important information in a timely manner.

You too can become a part of the great Skyscrapers tradition. Our membership is as diverse as the universe in which we live. All you have to do is have an interest to learn about the universe and we’ll do the rest.

We also provide much astronomy education through our public outreach programs to schools and civic groups.

Skyscrapers was founded in 1932 by Dr. Charles H. Smiley of Brown University. The society incorporated in 1936 and purchased the observatory in North Scituate once owned by noted amateur astronomer Frank Evans Seagrave.

Skyscrapers is a friendly organization with a very rich and distinguished history. We invite you to join us and be part of our future.

501(c)3 Status

Skyscrapers received their corporate charter as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization on November 17, 1936.

Not only did this pave the way for the society to purchase Seagrave Observatory, but it also exempted Skyscrapers from paying federal taxes.

In addition, 501(c)3 status permitted the society to apply for grant monies and to receive tax deductible donations and other charitable bequests.

And most importantly in this liturgist society, incorporating as a not-for-profit organization provides protection for Skyscrapers’ trustees, officers, and members from personal liability for the corporation's debts and liabilities.

Though our 501(c)3 status did not exempt Skyscrapers from paying property tax in the Town of North Scituate throughout the years, in 1999 the Town Council voted to grant the organization property tax relief in lieu of our service to the community.