Crane Observatory

The Physics & Astronomy Department houses and operates the Crane Observatory, which is open to the public during scheduled open viewing sessions. For more information, contact Dr. Mark Smith, at (785)670-2264, or


Unfortunately, since we live in Kansas, the skies are often cloudy and gray. Whenever the clouds cover more than 50% of the sky at the time when the open viewing session is set to begin, the event is cancelled.

Fall 2021 Observatory Open House Schedule

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to be mindful of public safety. We continue to monitor conditions and will open the observatory as soon as we can do so safely. Please check this page again soon.

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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