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March 12 - **Special Event** Comet PanSTARRS
The Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Astronomical Society of Kansas City will open the observatory (weather permitting) from 6:30 to 8:00pm to view this exciting comet. For more info about this asteroid go to NASA site.
Are we open tonight?
Normal Spring hours begin May 3, 2013.
What is in the sky tonight?
Sky & Telescope offers a quick and easy on-line summary every week!
How does my visit work?
When you arrive, members of the ASKC will have our telescopes pointed at planets, the Moon or other celestial wonders. Every visitor takes turns looking through the eyepiece, and you can stay as long as you like until closing. Feel free to come back every week!
Hours of operation:
Open at dusk (some objects are visible just after sunset when the sky remains somewhat lit).Close between 10:00pm and 11:00pm (typically close later in the summer and earlier in the Fall).
UMKC Volker Campus, Royall Hall Roof
800 E. 52nd Street, Kansas City, MO 64110 (virtual tour)
Access by bridge from parking garage (free parking!) at Rockhill and 52nd St. (map here). The stairwell to the roof is on your immediate left when you enter from the bridge.
16 3/8-inch, hand-made (by Stan Warkoczewski) Newtonian reflector
NEW!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.)
Nightly operation by members of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City (ASKC)
Contact Joe Wright (Warko Operations Manager) email or (913) 208-0924 (Please, call only between 9am and 5pm)
Warko in the news! Joe Wright discusses Warko, Russian meteor explosion (Feb. 2013) Crowds gather for the rare Venus transit (May 2012) Looking to the Stars at UMKC (The Quad, Apr. 2010) e-ROOS (Sept. 2009) UNews story (Oct. 2008) UNews story (Nov. 2007)
Astronomy & Weather UMKC Weather Space Weather, Heavens Above Astronomy Picture of the Day International Dark-sky Association Welcome to the Planets Hubble Heritage Image Gallery
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