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.

In addition, the planetarium is open to school groups by appointment during the day on Tuesday and Thursday when school is in session. There is no cost for these school groups.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Mark Smith, at (785)670-2264, or

Spring 2017 Observatory Open House Schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 31 7:00-8:00 PM
Tuesday, Feb. 7 7:00-8:00 PM
Tuesday, Feb. 21 7:00-8:00 PM
Tuesday, Mar. 7 7:15-8:15 PM CANCELLED
Tuesday, Mar. 21 8:30-9:30 PM
Tuesday, Apr. 4 9:00-10:00 PM
Tuesday, Apr. 18 9:00-10:00 PM
Tuesday, May 9 9:00-10:00 PM