Physics & Astronomy

Crane Observatory


The Physics & Astronomy Department houses and operates the Crane Observatory and a planetarium, which are open to the public during scheduled open houses, and to school and other groups by appointment. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Mark Smith, at (785)670-2264, or

Spring 2014 Planetarium Open House Schedule

This semester's planetary open house sessions will take place from 7:00-8:00 PM, on the following Thursday evenings:
  • January 9
  • February 13
  • March 13
  • April 10
  • May 8
Viewings will begin promptly at 7:00!


Spring 2014 Observatory Open House Schedule


Thursday, 16th: 7:00-8:30 PM
Thursday, 30th: 7:00-8:30 PM


Thursday, 6th: 7:00-8:30 PM
Thursday, 20th: 7:30-9:00 PM


Thursday, 6th: 7:30-9:00 PM
Thursday, 27th: 9:00-10:00 PM


Thursday, 3rd: 9:00-10:00 PM
Thursday, 17th: 9:00-10:00 PM


Thursday, 1st: 9:00-10:00 PM