Crane Observatory

The Physics & Astronomy Department houses and operates the Crane Observatory, which is open to the public during scheduled open observing sessions. These sessions are free, and are open to people of all ages. For more information, contact the department at 785.670.2141, or

5/2: Due to expected cloud cover, tonight's open observing session is cancelled. This was our last scheduled event for the semester, but we will be back in the Fall, dates and times TBD. Have a wonderful summer!

Winter/Spring 2024 Observatory Open Observing Schedule

Below are the dates and times for this semester's public observing sessions, which will take place on Thursday nights. Please check this page before you head out to attend any of these sessions. Since we live in Kansas, the skies are often cloudy and gray, so it is not uncommon for us to cancel sessions due to an inability to see enough of the sky. We will make a decision on whether to cancel a given session at least an hour ahead of time, and will post the decision here!

January 18, 25 6:00 pm-7:30 pm
February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
March 7 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
March 21, 28 8:00 pm-9:30 pm
April 4, 11, 18, 25
May 2
8:30 pm-10:00 pm

GET IN TOUCH WITH Physics & Astronomy Department

Physics & Astronomy Department
Stoffer Science Hall, Room 210
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.2141

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