Public observing on the roof of Royall Hall

Warko Observatory

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The Warkoczewski Observatory (affectionately called the “Warko” (pronounced “Varko”)) is located on the roof of Royall Hall and it is open on most clear Friday evenings from May 1st until October 31st starting at dusk. Viewing options typically include the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, bright star clusters, double stars, and (under good conditions) nebulae and galaxies. Admission is free! You may want to bring warm clothing for early spring and late fall nights.

The largest telescope is a 16 3/8-inch, hand-made (by Stan Warkoczewski), Newtonian reflector and it is operated by the Astronomical Society of Kansas City (ASKC) for the university. Our newest additional telescopes are a 14-inch Meade LX200 computerized, Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector plus a Meade Coronado solar telescope mounted piggy-back. (Made possible by generous gifts from the A&S Alumni Association and the ASKC.)

Free parking is available in the parking garage just south of Royall Hall (during the open hours of the observatory only). Access to the rooftop observatory is through the stairway located just inside the double doors on the east side of Royall Hall, immediately opposite of Haag Hall.