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

Fall 2014 Planetarium Open House Schedule

Planetary Open Houses are on Saturday afternoons. Note that the events are 1-hour shows.

September 13 3:00-4:00 PM
October 11 3:00-4:00 PM
November 8 3:00-4:00 PM
Viewings will begin promptly at 3:00!


Fall 2014 Observatory Open House Schedule

Crane Observatory Open Houses are on Thursday evenings. You may drop in any time within the time period shown.

August 21 9:00-10:00 PM
September 4 9:00-10:00 PM
September 18 9:00-10:00 PM
October 2 8:00-9:30 PM
October 16 8:00-9:30 PM
November 6 7:00-8:30 PM
November 20 7:00-8:30 PM
December 4 7:00-8:30 PM