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

Special Event!

On Saturday, October 14, a partial annular solar eclipse will be visible from Topeka. Washburn Physics and Astronomy Department faculty and volunteers will be available to the public to answer questions and help visitors view and photograph the event safely. This event will take place on the lawn south of Stoffer Science Hall from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. Solar eclipse glasses will be available while supplies last!

Fall 2023 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!

September 7, 14, 21, 28 8:00 pm-9:30 pm
October 5, 12, 19, 26 7:30 pm-9:00 pm
November 2 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
November 9, 16, 30
December 7, 14
6:00 pm-7:30 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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