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Kirkwood Observatory Schedule

Next Scheduled Kirkwood Observatory Open House:

Open houses may be cancelled on short-notice due to unfavorable weather conditions. No reservations are required. Due to Daylight Savings Time in Indiana, the sky is not dark enough for observing with the telescope until late in the evening. We have scheduled the Open Night hours as early as we can and still have the sky dark enough to view with the Kirkwood telescope.

Note that Kirkwood Observatory is not handicapped-accessible due to stairs to access the lobby, the observing floor, and the solar telescope. Viewing objects through the telescope also often requires the use of steps or ladders. We hope to provide a virtual tour soon to offer online access to the Observatory.

For updated weather conditions and closings, please check the @iuastro twitter feed.

Predicted Sky Conditions for Tonight and Tomorrow

NOTE: Blue squares on the "Cloud Cover" row indicate clear skies.


Group showings are available by contacting the Astronomy Department at (812) 855-6911, or by sending email to astoutre [at]

Complete Kirkwood Observatory Open House Schedule 2018

Date Time Date Time
March 21 9:00-11:00pm March 28 9:30-11:30pm
April 4 9:30-11:30pm April 11 9:30-11:30pm
April 18 9:30-11:30pm April 25 10:00-11:30pm
May 2 10:00-11:30pm May 9 10:00-11:30pm
May 16 10:30-11:30pm May 23 10:30-11:30pm
May 30 10:30-11:30pm
June 6 10:30-11:30pm June 13 10:30-11:30pm
June 20 10:30-11:30pm June 27 10:30-11:30pm
July 4 Closed July 11 10:30-11:30pm
July 18 10:30-11:30pm July 25 10:30-11:30pm
August 1 10:30-11:30pm August 8 10:00-11:30pm
August 15 10:00-11:30pm August 22 10:00-11:30pm
August 29 9:30-11:30pm    
September 5 9:30-11:30pm September 12 9:00-11:00pm
September 19 9:00-11:00pm September 26 8:30-10:30pm
October 3 8:30-10:30pm October 10 8:30-10:30pm
October 17 8:00-10:00pm October 24 8:00-10:00pm
October 31 8:00-10:00pm
November 7 6:30-8:30pm November 14 6:30-8:30pm

Kirkwood Observatory Solar Lab Schedule 2018

Date Time
April 7 1:00-3:00pm
May 5 1:00-3:00pm
June 2 1:00-3:00pm
July 7 1:00-3:00pm
August 4 1:00-3:00pm
September 1 1:00-3:00pm
October 6 1:00-3:00pm
November 3 1:00-3:00pm